EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/25/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Heytvelt stays in Zagreb! - by Dani Erceg
Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) signed contract with KK Zagreb for 2011-2012. season. He joined Croatian champion in January, had 11 appearances in Adriatic League averaging 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg. In Croatian league he played 18 games, averaged 9.6ppg, 5.6rpg. Heytvelt spent collegiate career in Gonzaga, proffesionally he also played for Oyak Renault Bursa and Lottomatica Roma.

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  ANGOLA   


Guimaraes International Tournement - Day 2 - by Antonio Santos
On the most important game of the Torneio Internacional de Guimares Portuguese National Team beat Angola National team by 9pt. Portugal lead the game since the beginning and the 1st quarter was very poor as far as scoring. Angola is still learning the new Philosophy of is new coach, the french coach Gomez, and some players still havent show is potential. Both teams shot poor from the fllor. and it was one the reasons that the final score was a low score. Angola will play Romenia on the last game of this tournament.

Portugal x Angola: 65 x 56 (11 x 7; 17 x 17; 17 x 14; 20 x 18)
Angola: V. Joaquim 2pt; A. Costa 3pt; C. Morais 17pt; P. Santana; S. Santos 3pt; L. Paulo; J. Gomes 3pt; M. Kiala 4pt+7reb; F. Ambrsio 5pt+6reb; J. Tati 4pt; M. Barros 8pt; E. Mingas 7pt
Portugal: A. Tavares 15pt; J. Costa 3pt; M. Minhava 2pt; P.Cunha; C. Fonseca 5pt; F. Silva 12pt; M. Gonalves; E.Evora 4pt+8reb; J. Silva 6pt; M. Miranda 9pt; T. Barroso 5pt; J. Santos 4pt




Portugal edge Angola in Guimaraes - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Angola 65:56

Portugal registered the second consecutive win at the Guimaraes international friendly tournament. They held off Angola to stay on top of the ladder. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) came up with 15 points to lead the effort. Angola slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
Portugal turned on aggressive defence right from the start. They limited Angola to just 7 points in the first period posting an 11:7 lead. The teams traded baskets in the second frame. The hosts managed to secure a 4-point lead at halftime 28:24. Portugal were able to keep Angola at bay throughout the third stanza. The home team piled up a 7-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal did not slow down in the final stanza and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Filipe Da Silva (185-F-86) nailed 12 points, while Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) contributed 9 points in the victory. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) answered with 17 points for Angola. Milton Barros (184-G-84) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Portugal: Antonio Tavares 15, Filipe Da Silva 12, Miguel Miranda 9
Angola: Carlos Morais 17, Milton Barros 8



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  ANTIGUA   


Antigua National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Julius Hodge 201-G-83 Petrochimi Iran
5 Wayne Walker 76
6 Mario Davis 198-F/G-80 West Five Antigua
7 Lennox McCoy 188-G-77 Soles Mexico
8 Marlon Charles 186-G-76 BT Hawks Antigua
9 Vivian Destin 188-G-86 Big Banana E. Antigua
10 Kenny Harris 82
11 Jason Brazier 188-G-79 Lewis-Clark USA
13 Kareem Meade 201-C-87 Big Banana E. Antigua
14 Bryan Matthew 196-G/F-75 BT Hawks Antigua
15 Eric Henry 87 Hancook F. Antigua



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  ARGENTINA   


Winter league 2011 recap - by Facundo Iatzky
The seventh edition of Argentinian winter league is over. The final game was very competitive with many players of Liga A playing in it. Finally Palermo Lakers got the title beating La banda del vasco 85-80. Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group), player of boca jrs, was named MVP, despite the loose of his team. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) was the most important player of the winning team. winter league, as always, was important for players to arrive in a best shape to their respective preseasons, or even to the national team camps, like Gutierrez.
Final game:
Palermo Lakers (85): Nicolas Laprovittola 12; Federico Perroti 0; Matias Novoa 2; Leandro Podesta 0; Hernan Andreone 6; Juan Laprovittola 3; Juan Gutierrez 22; Lucas Gornatti 14; Agustin Pirovani 6; Diego Guaita 20. Coach: Ivan Najnudel.
La Banda del Vasco (80): Maximiliano Segon 8; Nicolas Stanic 12; Cristian Melgarejo 0; Jonatan Maldonado 14; Maximiliano Stanic 28; Kevin Hernandez 9; Agustin Melgarejo 3; Sebastian Chaine 6.


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  AUSTRIA   


U18: Romania became the leader of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Romania U18 52:64

Romania became the leader of Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team grabbed 2-0 record after 64:52 win over Austria that lost their second consecutive game.
Bas and Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) gave Austria the only leads in the start of the game, while Romania dominated the rest of the encounter. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) made two free throws at the end of the first period for 26:10 and Romania continued their dominance in the second quarter. Paun and Stoicoviciu brought 32:14 and Ioan Filip scored for 35:16. Stoicoviciu also sent the teams to the lockers for 37:18 as Romania won the second frame 11-8. Austria started to play better in the second half and won both periods. After 20-17 in the third period Kolb reduced to 54:38 at the end of the third. Another 14-10 in the last quarter brought the Austrian side 12-points margin that they could not overcome.
Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) led the way with 16 points, while Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) collected 15 points and 18 rebounds. Ioan Filip followed them with 11 points and 17 rebounds in the winning effort. Luka Gvozden notched 13 in defeat and Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) had 9 points.

Austria U18: Luka Gvozden 13, Gregor Wilk 9
Romania U18: Horia Cristiean 16, Alexandru Olah 15+18 rebs, Ioan Filip 11+17 rebs



U20: Lithuania save Division A spot with win over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Austria U20 78:62

Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria joined Croatia on their way to Division B.
Lithuania showed their ambitions with a 17:0 run midway through the opening quarter. They cleared off to a 28:11 lead at the first break. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Dambrauskas boosted the margin to 21-point early in the second term. But Austria did not surrender as they cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime 31:44. Lithuania kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third quarter. They posted a 60:45 lead with one quarter remaining. The Baltic team used a 7:0 rally midway through the fourth period to establish a 69:48 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) scored 13 points, while Dovydas Redikas contributed 11 points for Lithuania. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) responded with 18 points for Austria. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) netted 10 points in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Giedrius Staniulis 17+18 boards, Darius Tarvydas 13, Dovydas Redikas 11
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 18, Lukas Linzer 10



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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Mitchell Johnson
Johnson
Alonzo Hinds
Hinds
Quentin Hall
Hall
Torrington Cox
Cox
Eugene Bain
Bain
#e#5
4 Mitchell Johnson 196-F-85 Fuerza Regia Mexico
5 Alonzo Hinds 183-G-84 Newberry USA
6 Jean-Rony Cadeau 87 P.Enforcers Bahamas
7 Jeremy Hutchinson C-80 Giants Bahamas
8 Michael Bain G/F Giants Bahamas
9 Jaraun Burrows 203-F-85 Komarno Slovakia
10 Quentin Hall 174-G-77 Cruisers Bahamas
11 Torrington Cox 201-F-85 Fuerza Regia Mexico
12 Cordero Seymour 196-F-87 Milligan USA
13 Jamal Douglas 201-F-85 Huima Finland
14 Gijo Bain 213-C-85 M.H.Ahvaz Iran
15 Eugene Bain 195-F-88 Bellevue USA



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  BELARUS   


U20: Liutych paced Belarus over Hungary in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20-Belarus U20 80:88

Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) paced Belarus over Hungary in the last game for both teams at the the U20 European Championship in Division B. He erupted with 41 points as Belarus won 88:80 and clinched 17th place. Hungary disappointed in the tournament and finished only on the 18th position.
Vitali Liutych scored his 9 points in the first three minutes and gave Belarus 11-2 lead. Kurapau and Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) brought 23:10, while Dabravolski closed the first period at 22:16. Both sides nailed 19 points each in the second frame as the board showed 51:35 at the halftime. Trailing 17 points midway through the third quarter, Hungary reduced to 72:58 after thirty minutes. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) brought Hungary to 82:80 but those points were the last for his team. Belarus finished the game with 6-0 run and clinched the 17th spot.
Valiantsin Ihnatchyk nailed 10 points for Belarus and Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) posted 8. Andras Madar answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Bence Narai (206-F/C-92) netted 11.

Hungary U20: Andras Madar 24, Bence Narai 11, Kovacs 10
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 41, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 10, Viktar Ausepian 8




Belarusian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Valery Gandlin
Gandlin
Artsiom Parakhouski
Parakhouski
Dzianis Korshuk
Korshuk
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau
Kudrautsau
Aliaksei Trastsinetski
Trastsinetski
#e#5
5 Valery Gandlin 191-G-86 Grodno-93 Belarus
6 Maksim Shustau 184-G-86 Borifsen Belarus
7 Artsiom Parakhouski 211-C-87 Bennet Cantu Italy
8 Kanstantin Yafremov 202-F-86 OZAA Osipov. Belarus
9 Mikalai Aliakseyeu 212-C-78 Falco-Szova Hungary
10 Dzianis Korshuk 201-F-78 BC Odessa Ukraine
11 Aliaksei Lashkevich 203-F-78 Minsk-2006 Belarus
12 Nikita Meshcharakou 202-F-88 Wake Forest USA
14 Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 190-G-80 Minsk-2006 Belarus
15 Aliaksei Trastsinetski 201-F-86 Minsk-2006 Belarus
21 Aliaksei Patsevich 195-G-88 SMU USA
23 Dmitri Paliashchuk 197-G/F-85 Grodno-93 Belarus

Andrei Krivonos Head Coach Minsk-2006 Belarus


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  BELGIUM   


U20: Czech Republic clinched Bronze in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20-Belgium U20 86:85

Czech Republic clinched Bronze in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 86:85 to hand them the second straight loss and to leave them without the podium.
Czech Republic took 16:11 midway through the first period and had 20:19 at the end of the quarter. Belgium bounced back with 23-15 and grabbed 42:35 halftime advantage. When Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) made it 59:40 in the middle of the third period it seemed the tournament knew the third place team. Czech Republic however did not give up and reduce to 68:58 after thirty minutes. Moreover Ondrej Peterka (202-F-91) nailed three for 79:78 with 2 minutes to go. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) scored the last seven points for hos team and celebrated the third place with the Czechs.
Tomas Vyoral top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ondrej Peterka produced 16. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Enrico Mares (201-C-92) added 13. Dennis Donkor ended up with 28 points for Belgium that was the favorite of the tournament but finished on the fourth place. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) nailed 20 and Terry Deroover (180-G-91) chipped in 12.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 24, Ondrej Peterka 16, Ondrej Balvin 14+10 rebs, Enrico Mares 13
Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 28, Maarten Rademakers 20, Terry Deroover 12



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  BERMUDAS   


Bermudas National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Steven Simons
Simons
Jahvon Dean Jones
Jones
Jason Simons
Simons
Sullivan Phillips
Phillips
John Lee
Lee
#e#5
5 Steven Simons 82 Smith's Wcats Bermudas
7 Jason Lowe 85 Somerset F. Bermudas
8 Tejour Riley 94 McGill Canada
9 Jahvon Dean Jones 198-F-83 St.George's Bermudas
10 Jason Simons 86 Smith's Wcats Bermudas
11 Aaron Jackson 85 Devonshire D. Bermudas
12 Sullivan Phillips 198-G/F-79 APOEL Cyprus
13 John Lee 82 Devonshire D. Bermudas
15 Jordan Knight 87 Southampton Bermudas

Roderick Spencer Head Coach
Gavin MacKenzie Assistant
Ralph Scott Assistant


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  BOSNIA   


U20: Portugal edged the hosts for the 5th place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 71:67

Portugal edged the hosts for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams struggled hard for the higher place while Portugal grabbed the fifth with 71:67 victory.
Although it was just a game for the 5th-6th place, both teams looked great in the court. Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed the minimum lead in the opening quarter and had 13:12 after the firth 10 minutes. In the second frame Portugal stayed in front for the majority of time and enjoyed 32:27 halftime advantage. After 19-19 in the third quarter Portugal kept 5-point deficit entering the last stanza. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) reduced to 67:65 with less than a minute to go and Ivic scored for 70:67 with 3 seconds in the game. Unfortunately for the hosts Cardoso made two free throws and Halilovic missed a shot from the long distance with the buzzer.
Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) stepped up with 19 points and Miguel Queiroz (202-C/F-91) notched 16. Cardoso and Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Mirza Bulic answered with 24 points for Bosnia and Mirza Bulic added 9.

Portugal U20: Carlos Ferreirinho 19, Miguel Queiroz 16, Cardoso 10, Rafael Wildner 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Mirza Bulic 24, Mirza Bulic 9



Samir Sehic wins the US championship with the Texas Titans! - by Nedzad Kladusak
Samir Sehic is definitely one of the most promising players of the post war era.
After being chosen among the top 12 players of the prestigious Fab Frosh Camp he won last week the US championship with the Texas Titans!
In a really impressive manner the team of headcoach Pospiechal added its third title and it is certain that Mickey Mitchell and future BIH NT player
are names that are on shortlists of many elite college teams. Sehic displayed not only a very physical game but also good ballhandling and passing skills.
It is too early to say whether he will get a shot in the NBA but if he continues that way BIH will get the inside power it missed so long.



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  BRAZIL   


World Military Championship: Brazil triumph in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Greece 76:64

Brazil clinched the title at World Military Championship. The hosts overcame Greece in the title game today. Wellington Santos (185-PG-81) stepped up with 20 points to lead Brazil.
Brazil surged ahead right from the start. The home team maintained the advantage throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Brazil extended their advantage in the second quarter. They posted a 35:29 lead at the interval. Brazil kept Greece at safe distance in the third quarter. The hosts entered the fourth period up by seven points 56:49. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the fourth quarter. Brazil did not slow down in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Luiz Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) accounted for 17 points apiece in the victory. Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) and Dimitrios Kompodietas (195-G-85) answered with 12 points each for Greece. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) delivered 10 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Brazil: Wellington Santos 20, Arthur Silva 17, Luiz Felipe Ribeiro 17
Greece: Thomas Nikou 12, Dimitrios Kompodietas 12, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 10



Sao Caetano sign Fabiao Pires and Vitor Santamaria - by Paulo Freire
The Sao Caetano basketball team won in the last minute a spot in the A-1 series of the Paulista State Championship as the Assis Basket team folded for financial problems.

Running against the time to improve their roster for the competition, Sao Caetano just sign two new player, Fabiao Pires (199-C-77) and Vitor Santamaria (192-G/F-88)

Fabiao will add a lot of experience to the young team of Sao Caetano, especial in the lockroom. Fabiao was playing for the Santos team.

Vitor Santamaria is back to Sao Caetano where he played in 2010. At his career he also played for Pinheiros, Santo Andre, Assis and his last team was Sorocaba.




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


British Virgin Islands National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
British Virgin Islands National Team 2011
#s#
Kennedy Bass
Bass
Molik Malone
Malone
Steve Parillon
Parillon
William McFee
McFee
Eustace Freeman
Freeman
#e#5
Kennedy Bass 196-F-81 Young Legs British Virgin Islands
Molik Malone 186-G-88 Bad Boys British Virgin Islands
Steve Parillon 196-F-78 Glasgow Rocks United Kingdom
William McFee 191-G New Brunsw. Canada
Eustace Freeman 171-G-80 Bad Boys British Virgin Islands
Randy George 200-F-81 Essex Pirates United Kingdom
Nathaniel Malone Bad Boys British Virgin Islands
Kelvin Samuels Bad Boys British Virgin Islands
Kleon Penn 211-C-86 Humacao Puerto Rico
Eric Mathias F/C-83
Rashid Cann 183-G-86 Norfolk St. USA
Dewitt Henley 186-G-86 Savannah Storm USA
Norville Carey



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  BULGARIA   


U20: Denmark clinched 7th place in Division B, Bulgaria is one step lower - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Bulgaria U20 72:58

Denmark clinched 7th place in Division B after the victory over Bulgaria in the last game in Sarajevo. The Danish side won 72:58 to finish with the win U20 European Championship campaign.
The teams lost their games last night and hoped to finish the tournament with the victory. Denmark took the lead from the very beginning and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) brought 16:4. He also closed the first period for 19:8 and never looked behind with his team. Larsen delivered two for 25:17 and Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) scored from the arc for 31:25. Francis was the last to post in the half reducing to 33;26 at the halftime. In the third quarter Denmark added 22-8 and did not allow the opponents to think about the victory. Bulgaria however won the last stanza 24-17 and cut it to 14 points at the end.
Jonas Bergstedt erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds, while Philip Hertz netted 12. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) and Alexander Bak (193-F-91) followed them with 11 points each. Plamen Hristov (197-F/G-91) replied with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) notched 13.

Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 25+20 rebs, Philip Hertz 12, Thomas Laerke 11, Alexander Bak 11
Bulgaria U20: Plamen Hristov 19, Konstantin Koev 13, Ilhan Arabadzhiev (198-F-91) 10




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  CAYMAN ISLANDS   


Standings
CIBA Standings
 1. Warriors 9-2 
 2. Wolves 9-3 
 3. Philippines 7-5 
 4. Tarheels 6-6 
 5. ESSO Blazers 5-7 
 6. Silver Bullets 5-7 
 7. Heat 1-11 


Cayman Islands National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Dwight O
O'Garro
Jorge Ebanks
Ebanks
Samuel O
O'Garro
Lloyd Samuels
Samuels
Shaad O
O'Garro
#e#5
4 Dwight O'Garro C-77 Wolves Cayman Islands
5 Jorge Ebanks 86 Warriors Cayman Islands
6 Samuel O'Garro 196-F/G-88 Eckerd USA
7 Lloyd Samuels 87 Warriors Cayman Islands
8 Shaad O'Garro 201-F-90 ESSO Blazers Cayman Islands
9 Deandre Simpson 195-G-90 ESSO Blazers Cayman Islands
10 Jasen Campbell 86 Warriors Cayman Islands
11 Cory Thompson 79 Wolves Cayman Islands
12 Jerome Graham-Record 90
13 Chad Leslie C-84 Heat Cayman Islands
14 Rotando Thompson C-84 Warriors Cayman Islands
15 Jerome Narcisse 193-G/F-87 Warriors Cayman Islands



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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Jamaica1-0
2. Guyana0-0
3. US Virg.Isl0-0
4. Antigua0-1
Group B
1. Bahamas1-0
2. Bermudas1-0
3. British Vi.0-0
4. Saint Vinc.0-1
5. Cayman Isl.0-1


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  CHINA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. ShenYang 9-5 
 2. Changan Group 9-5 
 3. Whampoa 9-5 
 4. Jiangsu 8-6 
 5. Sichuan 8-6 
 6. Guangzhou FM 7-7 
 7. Ningxia Hanas 7-7 
 8. Hebei 5-9 
 9. Heilongjiang 5-9 
 10. Hangzhou 3-11 


NBL Round 14: Sichuan defeats leader ShenYang - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked Sichuan (8-6) 118-89. The game without a history. Sichuan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to ShenYang's 44. Sichuan forced 22 ShenYang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for ShenYang. Sichuan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu. ShenYang lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Whampoa. Sichuan is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. ShenYang will play against Ningxia Hanas (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Jiangsu (8-6) which played on the court of Guangzhou FM (7-7). Fourth ranked Jiangsu won 109-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kenny Lawson chipped in 17 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) responded with 32 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu maintains fourth position with 8-6 record, which they share with Sichuan. Guangzhou FM at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Ningxia Hanas. Jiangsu will play against bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Guangzhou FM will play against Hebei (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Whampoa (9-5) against seventh ranked Ningxia Hanas (7-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Whampoa was defeated by Ningxia Hanas in a tough game on the road 98-102. Ndudi Ebi notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort. Even 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Alan Wiggins did not help to save the game for Whampoa. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Loser Whampoa still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with ShenYang and Changan Group. Ningxia Hanas will meet league's leader ShenYang in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Whampoa will play against the league's second-placed Changan Group and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 14 Hebei was smashed by Changan Group on the road 100-81. Bottom-ranked Hangzhou lost to Heilongjiang on its own court 89-97.


Changan Group - Hebei 100-81

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Changan Group (9-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Hebei (5-9) 100-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Changan Group. Hebei managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Changan Group dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hebei's 46 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Changan Group forced 20 Hebei turnovers. notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Nick Stallings (190-83, college: Centenary) supported him with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Stallings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by center Zhi Wei (206-82) did not help to save the game for Hebei. Forward ZhenHu Zhang (195-88) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Changan Group have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ShenYang and Whampoa. Loser Hebei keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Heilongjiang. Changan Group will meet Whampoa (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hebei will play against Guangzhou FM (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Changan Group: S.Nick 25+5reb+4ast, S.Lei 21+3reb+1ast, 18+18reb, R.XiaTi 12+6reb+2ast, L.Yang 11, L.Peng 9+1ast
Hebei: W.Zhi 20+11reb+2ast, L.Christopher 16+4reb+1ast, Z.ZhenHu 14+5reb+4ast, Z.GuoDong 11+5reb+1ast, L.Yiding 10+12reb, W.XinLei 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129377


Hangzhou - Heilongjiang 89-97

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Hangzhou's (3-11) home loss to ninth ranked Heilongjiang (5-9) 89-97 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-14. But Hangzhou won second period 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Heilongjiang forced 20 Hangzhou turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Heilongjiang especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Heilongjiang made 8 blocks. Guard Nan Wang (191-82) notched 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) supported him with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Heilongjiang's coach Guang Bi Xiao used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds by American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle, agency: Tank Sports) did not help to save the game for Hangzhou. His fellow American import forward Dante Milligan (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Heilongjiang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hebei. Loser Hangzhou stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Heilongjiang will meet higher ranked Sichuan (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hangzhou will play against Jiangsu (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: W.Nan 32+5reb+1ast, E.Benson 22+10reb, P.Courtney 13+2reb+4ast, Y.Gang 12+4reb, B.Xiaohui 5+4reb, L.Naiyuan 5+3reb+1ast
Hangzhou: P.Austen 25+14reb+2ast, M.Dante 22+12reb+2ast, Z.Tian-bao 18+4reb, Y.Wang 13+5reb+2ast, Y.Carrian 6+4reb+1ast, L.Wei 3+3reb
gschID: 129375


Ningxia Hanas - Whampoa 102-98

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Whampoa (9-5) against seventh ranked Ningxia Hanas (7-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Whampoa was defeated by Ningxia Hanas in a tough game on the road 98-102. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ningxia Hanas forced 20 Whampoa turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ningxia Hanas made 7 blocks. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona) notched a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and guard Sze Wong (193-81) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) did not help to save the game for Whampoa. His fellow American import swingman Michael Joiner (200-81, college: Florida St.) added 23 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ningxia Hanas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guangzhou FM. Loser Whampoa still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with ShenYang and Changan Group. Ningxia Hanas will meet league's leader ShenYang in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Whampoa will play against the league's second-placed Changan Group and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ningxia Hanas: E.Ndudi 38+11reb, W.Sze 20+6reb+1ast, H.Ramon 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Kaifu 12+3reb, S.ChunLei 7+6reb+3ast, X.Zhongjie 4+1ast
Whampoa: W.Alan 34+9reb, J.Michael 23+9reb+2ast, Y.ZhiYong 20+2reb+1ast, Y.Ning 16+1ast, T.Chao 3+1ast, W.Jing 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 129376


Guangzhou FM - Jiangsu 104-109

Another exciting game for Jiangsu (8-6) which played on the court of Guangzhou FM (7-7). Fourth ranked Jiangsu won 109-104. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guangzhou FM. It looked good early as Guangzhou FM took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Jiangsu had a 32-22 second period charge getting the lead and Guangzhou FM was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 104-109. Jiangsu made 32-of-42 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guangzhou FM was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Justin Johnson (198-86, college: Iowa) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Kenny Lawson (205-88, college: Creighton) chipped in 17 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) responded with 32 points and 5 assists and guard TianGang Shao (190-89) scored 26 points. Five Jiangsu and four Guangzhou FM players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu maintains fourth position with 8-6 record, which they share with Sichuan. Guangzhou FM at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Ningxia Hanas. Jiangsu will play against bottom-ranked Hangzhou (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Guangzhou FM will play against Hebei (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: J.Justin 29+6reb+3ast, F.Xin 19+5reb+4ast, L.Kenny 17+15reb+3ast, Z.YanXi 17+4reb, W.YanQing 12+5reb+1ast, F.Hui 10+4reb+1ast
Guangzhou FM: G.Justin 32+4reb+5ast, S.TianGang 26+3reb+3ast, Y.Liang 14+7reb, S.Sani 10+5reb, H.Jartavious 6+6reb, L.Dapeng 6
gschID: 129373


ShenYang - Sichuan 89-118

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked ShenYang (9-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by fifth ranked Sichuan (8-6) 118-89. The game without a history. Sichuan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to ShenYang's 44. Sichuan forced 22 ShenYang turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. American guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Sichuan's coach Joseph Stiebing felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward DeAngelo Collins (206-82, college: High School) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard ChengLong Duan (192-88) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for ShenYang. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sichuan moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Jiangsu. ShenYang lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top position with five games lost. They share it with Changan Group and Whampoa. Sichuan is looking forward to face Heilongjiang (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. ShenYang will play against Ningxia Hanas (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sichuan: C.Ma 23+2reb+1ast, Mclean 22+12reb+3ast, B.T.J. 20+5reb+9ast, J.QiZhen 11+3reb+4ast, S.TianNong 10+1ast, Y.ZhaoLei 9+5reb+1ast
ShenYang: C.DeAngelo 19+10reb+4ast, D.ChengLong 18+5reb+5ast, C.XiaoDong 17+6reb+1ast, Z.JunXiong 10+4reb+3ast, Y.Peng 9+6reb, A.Corey 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129374




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  CROATIA   


U20: Serbia finish European Championship with sixth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Croatia U20 81:63

Serbia wrapped up their European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Croatia to improve at 6-0 record in Group G. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia fell at 1-5 record and said bye to Division A.
Serbia dominated right from the start. They outscored Croatia 23:10 in the first period. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 44:30 halftime advantage. Serbia opened the second half on a 6:2 run to take an 18-point advantage. They kept Croatia at bay rallying to a 66:48 lead at the final intermission. Serbia never looked back in the fourth period and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points in the win. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) notched 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 15, Branislav Djekic 10, Nemanja Jaramaz 9
Croatia U20: Domagoj Bubalo 19, Ivan Mikulic 9



Heytvelt stays in Zagreb! - by Dani Erceg
Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) signed contract with KK Zagreb for 2011-2012. season. He joined Croatian champion in January, had 11 appearances in Adriatic League averaging 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg. In Croatian league he played 18 games, averaged 9.6ppg, 5.6rpg. Heytvelt spent collegiate career in Gonzaga, proffesionally he also played for Oyak Renault Bursa and Lottomatica Roma.

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Cypriot National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Christopher Razis
Razis
Panagiotis Trisokkas
Trisokkas
Georgios Neophytou
Neophytou
Vassilis Kounas
Kounas
Christodoulos Kaskiris
Kaskiris
#e#5
5 Christopher Razis 193-F-89 EWE Baskets Germany
6 Andreas Pilavas 194-G-83 Keravnos Cyprus
7 Panagiotis Trisokkas 206-C-80 Keravnos Cyprus
8 Stelios Filippou 202-C-82 ENAD Cyprus
10 Georgios Neophytou 193-G-83 APOEL Cyprus
11 Aristides Koronidis 188-G-82 Apollon Patras Greece
12 Vassilis Kounas 195-G-84 Keravnos Cyprus
14 Panagiotis Koutsoloukas 208-C-86 Hunter USA
22 Christodoulos Kaskiris 206-C/F-79 APOEL Cyprus
24 Alexis Zachariou 200-F/C-76 AEL Cyprus
25 George Theocharides 203-F-85 Achilleas Cyprus

Christos Stylianidis Head Coach APOEL Cyprus


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U20: Czech Republic clinched Bronze in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20-Belgium U20 86:85

Czech Republic clinched Bronze in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 86:85 to hand them the second straight loss and to leave them without the podium.
Czech Republic took 16:11 midway through the first period and had 20:19 at the end of the quarter. Belgium bounced back with 23-15 and grabbed 42:35 halftime advantage. When Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) made it 59:40 in the middle of the third period it seemed the tournament knew the third place team. Czech Republic however did not give up and reduce to 68:58 after thirty minutes. Moreover Ondrej Peterka (202-F-91) nailed three for 79:78 with 2 minutes to go. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) scored the last seven points for hos team and celebrated the third place with the Czechs.
Tomas Vyoral top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ondrej Peterka produced 16. Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Enrico Mares (201-C-92) added 13. Dennis Donkor ended up with 28 points for Belgium that was the favorite of the tournament but finished on the fourth place. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) nailed 20 and Terry Deroover (180-G-91) chipped in 12.

Czech Republic U20: Tomas Vyoral 24, Ondrej Peterka 16, Ondrej Balvin 14+10 rebs, Enrico Mares 13
Belgium U20: Dennis Donkor 28, Maarten Rademakers 20, Terry Deroover 12



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  DENMARK   


Horsholm bring in Joe Benjamin - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm reinforced their squad. They have agreed on terms of contract with Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83, college: W.Virginia St.). The 28-year-old centre will enter his fifth straight season in Denmark. He previously played for Aabyhoj and Virum Vipers. Joe Benjamin tallied 14.1 points, 6.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game in 2008/09 season with Aabyhoj. Joe Benjamin participated at 2009 Danish League All-Star Game.


U20: Denmark clinched 7th place in Division B, Bulgaria is one step lower - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U20-Bulgaria U20 72:58

Denmark clinched 7th place in Division B after the victory over Bulgaria in the last game in Sarajevo. The Danish side won 72:58 to finish with the win U20 European Championship campaign.
The teams lost their games last night and hoped to finish the tournament with the victory. Denmark took the lead from the very beginning and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) brought 16:4. He also closed the first period for 19:8 and never looked behind with his team. Larsen delivered two for 25:17 and Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) scored from the arc for 31:25. Francis was the last to post in the half reducing to 33;26 at the halftime. In the third quarter Denmark added 22-8 and did not allow the opponents to think about the victory. Bulgaria however won the last stanza 24-17 and cut it to 14 points at the end.
Jonas Bergstedt erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds, while Philip Hertz netted 12. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) and Alexander Bak (193-F-91) followed them with 11 points each. Plamen Hristov (197-F/G-91) replied with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) notched 13.

Denmark U20: Jonas Bergstedt 25+20 rebs, Philip Hertz 12, Thomas Laerke 11, Alexander Bak 11
Bulgaria U20: Plamen Hristov 19, Konstantin Koev 13, Ilhan Arabadzhiev (198-F-91) 10




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ESTONIAN FREE AGENTS SET TO ATTEND SHOWCASE - by Ozell Wells
A group of Estonian Basketball players currently without a contract for the 2011/2012 season, have signed up for and confirmed their attendance in the 2011 REBOTE SK International Free Agent Showcase. The players aim to sell their wares in front of an assembled group of International and Domestic Estonian coaches and management.
Henri Raim (180-G-89)
Allan Hallik (205-C-90)
Kaarel Koolman (204-F-88)
Robert Petersonig (190-F-90)
Juss Jurisaar (177-G-91)
Kaivo Pullisaar (185-G-88)
Mikhel Allorg


U20: MVP Shengelia triumphs with Georgia in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Estonia U20 79:70

Georgia became the winner of the U20 European Championship in Division B that just finished in Sarajevo. The team overcame Estonia 79:70 for the Gold medals in the tournament.
On July 17th, the last game of Day 4 at the European Championship became the most interesting as Estonia and Georgia entered the court undefeated and struggled for the top place in Group A. Tornike Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) won the battle over Rain Rain Veideman (192-G-91) as his Georgia celebrated 87:86 win. Tonight Tornike was also the best and he gave his side 20:13 midway through the first frame. Voolaid nailed four free throws in a row for 20:17 at the end of it. Estonia won the second frame 22-20 and reduced to 40:39 at the halftime. Rain Veideman scored for 42:40 and Raap brought 45:42. Tornike Shengelia closed the third period for 63:55 after 23-16 in the stanza. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) nailed three for 70:60 and Bokolishvili delivered two 76:66. Bakradze and Voolaid were the last to score in the game for each team to set up the final result.
Tornike Shengelia was awarded MVP of the tournament as he erupted with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) followed him with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Duda Sanadze netted 16. Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) replied with 16 points for Estonia and Rain Veideman delivered 12.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 26+10 rebs, Akaki Dvalishvili 20+10 rebs, Duda Sanadze 16
Estonia U20: Janar Soo 16, Rain Veideman 12, Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) 11



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ESL 2011Hosuton Day 1 Box Scores - by Darryl Reshaw
The following are box scores of the (Day 1) ESL Houston Event results.
The entire game reports will follow later on Sunday evening:

ESL Houston Day 1 Box Score:

Beijing 92 Buenos Aires 83 - Game 1

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Dubai 101 Tokyo 90 - Game 2

http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2371&cs=&season


Rio de Janerio 74 Okinawa 71 - Game 3

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Mexico City 132 Taipei 123
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Former NBA guard Bobby Brown may land in Israel - by David Pick
With the summer progressing, Israel's top organizations are still in search of the perfect quarterback combo guard duo to increase their chances of an upcoming season title. Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv were recently in intensive talks with former NBA guard Bobby Brown, who played last season overseas, splitting his time in Poland and Greece.

Despite a 2007 championship year in Germany with Alba Berlin, and the fact that Maccabi was pursuing Brown aggressively the following summer, the Cal. St. Fullerton guard decided to sign with the Sacramento Kings. Lately, Brown's name has come up again as a possible recruit for Maccabi, complementing Jeremy Pargo from the second guard position. However, negotiations came up short and the Euroleague experienced Brown, still has interest of playing in Israel and has already been in contact with Hapoel Jerusalem, who is eager to find a suitable replacement for Will Solomon.

Before the NBA strike took place, Brown had successful workouts with the Raptors, Pacers and Lakers, though the 'ongoing' lockout is forcing the guard to reconsider his European offers. Brown's current financial demands may be a bit too much for Jerusalem's budget; yet, the team already informed the player's representatives to be on 'standby' for possible updates that may attract the California native to the Holly Land next season.

In College, Brown enjoyed four-years at Cal State Fullerton finishing his career as the schools leading scorer with 1,961 points (ninth in Big West history). After not being drafted in 2007, Brown went abroad and helped Alba Berlin win the German championship, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the ULEB Cup contest, Brown improved his performances and averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

After a stellar year, Brown returned home and signed a two-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. He would then continue his NBA journey playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. Last season looked promising as Brown signed a deal with Polish Prokom Gdynia where he performed at a high level posting numbers of 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in the Domestic league. Battling in the Euroleague, Brown averaged 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.8apg. In December, Brown left for Greece where he signed with Aris Thessaloniki. The impressive European double figure scoring averages was maintained as Brown recorded 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg in the Greek league and posted higher digits in the international EuroCup competition averaging 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.3apg.

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Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK24.7 
 2. Ndow, NOR21.5 
 3. Solomon, ISR18.7 
 4. Ivanov, BUL18.5 
 5. Kovacs, HUN18.0 
 6. Borg, SWE17.5 
 7. Olah, ROM17.0 
 8. Petica, ROM16.5 
 9. Krajcovic, SVK15.7 
 10. Schilder, NED15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK15.3 
 2. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.0 
 3. Olah, ROM14.5 
 4. Eliasson, SWE14.3 
 5. Nagy, HUN11.0 
 6. Filip, ROM10.5 
 7. Tenchev, BUL10.0 
 8. Hammink, NED10.0 
 9. Nikolic, MNT9.5 
 10. Pavic, MNT9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Krajcovic, SVK10.0 
 2. Kasalica, MNT6.5 
 3. Karamfilov, BUL6.0 
 4. Cristiean, ROM5.5 
 5. Petrov, BUL5.0 
 6. Polyak, HUN5.0 
 7. Deluz, SUI5.0 
 8. Person, SWE4.3 
 9. Schilder, NED4.0 
 10. Novysedlak, SVK4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akos KOVACS
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kovacs, HUN6.0 
 2. Krajcovic, SVK5.7 
 3. Laane, EST4.0 
 4. Gvozden, AUT4.0 
 5. Petica, ROM3.5 
 6. Polfer, LUX3.5 
 7. Borg, SWE3.5 
 8. Laurent, LUX3.5 
 9. Averink, NED3.0 
 10. Nagy, HUN3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.0 
 2. Magarity, SWE3.8 
 3. Olah, ROM3.5 
 4. Dimitrov, BUL3.0 
 5. Kok, NED3.0 
 6. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.3 
 7. Melcher, LUX2.0 
 8. Koprivica, MNT2.0 
 9. Kovacs, HUN2.0 
 10. Davidsen, NOR1.7 


Division B: Results and Stats from Day 3 in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Georgia - Bulgaria 55-67
The hosts of the U18 European Championship in Division B won the second game in a row. Bulgaria overcame Georgia 67:55 to join Hungary on top of Group A. Georgia meanwhile dropped to 0-2 record and shares the bottom with Luxembourg. Bulgaria opened the game with 5-0 run and did not allow the opponents to taste the lead in the half. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) and Dimitrov scored for 17:3, while Giorgi Tsirekidze (202-C-94) closed the period at 22:13. Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) however tied the game at 25:25 as Georgia erupted with a massive run midway through the second quarter. Ivanov meanwhile nailed two three-pointers in the end of the half for 35:29 advantage. Georgia meanwhile started the third quarter with a 9-0 run and took 38:35 lead. Bulgaria later needed some important baskets to enter the last period with 49:44 deficit. Another 18-11 in the last frame brought them the second victory in Division B this year. Ivanov stepped up with 15 points for the home side, whilst Tencho Tenchev notched 14 and Simeonov brought 10. Aleksandre Chochia (185-F-93) produced 14 points in defeat and Beka Burjanadze nailed 13.

Luxembourg - Hungary 58-79
Hungary celebrated the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team edged Luxembourg 79:58 in Day 3 in Varna. Luxembourg surprised with a 6-0 run Gilles Polfer (189-F-93) and scored for 9:4. Danko tied the game at 11:11, while Peter Jakab (187-G-93) closed the first period at 17:16. The latter also nailed three in the middle of the second frame to taste 28:17 lead with Hungary, but Luxembourg cut it to 36:30 at the halftime. They even stepped closer to 38:36, but Hungary won the third period 19-13 to take 55:43 after thirty minutes. With 24-15 the favorites finished the game and remained undefeated in Varna. Levente Misek (196-G-93) made a free throw at the very end for the final success. Adam Kovacs (193-G/F-93) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Polyak nailed 16. Peter Jakab followed them with 10 points and Nagy collected 5 points and 14 rebounds. Gilles Polfer replied with 20 points in defeat and Melcher scored 12.

Group B
United Kingdom - Denmark 42-60
Denmark improved to 2-0 record in Group B of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side rolled over England 60:42 in Day 3 dominating the majority of the game. Elliott Sentance (188-G-94) and Moller exchanged the early baskets in the opening tip, while Denmark went on a 9-0 run as Reinholt nailed three for 11:2. Kristoffer Gertz (187-G-94) made a free throw at the end of the quarter for 16:7. England managed to win the second period 10-7 as the board showed 23:17 at the halftime. Spencer and Crook reduced to 4 points, while a 7-0 run allowed the Danish team to take 41:30 after thrity minutes. They added 19-12 in the last quarter to win another game in Varna. Esben Reinholt (196-G-93) led Denmark with 16 points and six rebounds. Jamie Batish led England with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Zak Wells (93) added ten boards to his eight points. Jordan Culley finished with seven points for an England team who again shot poorly from three-point range - hitting only 11 percent from downtown.

Estonia - Belgium 54-47
Estonia and Belgium played twice last night at the European Championship in Division B. Estonia U20 shock Belgium U20 and advanced to Division A in 2012. The Baltic side handed Belgium their first loss at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo and took their spot in the Final against Georgia tomorrow. Janar Soo nailed a three-pointer for 64:61 victory in the most exciting game of the Semifinal Stage. Estonia U18 meanwhile roll over Belgium U18 54:47 in Varna. The latter won the first period 17:10 and looked forward to seal another victory after first two in Day 1 and 2. El Khounchar brought 21:13 and Rienert Torreele (192-F-93) posted three for 24:17. The latter also closed the half from the arc for 27:19 lead at the halftime. Estonia needed a strong second half to win the game. They produced 11-5 in the third quarter and won the game due to 24-15 in the last. Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) paced all the winners with 20 points, while Metsalu, Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) and Mangelsoo scored 6 apiece. Rienert Torreele posted 10 points in the losing effort and El Khounchar notched 9.

Group C
Austria - Romania 52-64
Romania became the leader of Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team grabbed 2-0 record after 64:52 win over Austria that lost their second consecutive game. Bas and Gvozden gave Austria the only leads in the start of the game, while Romania dominated the rest of the encounter. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) made two free throws at the end of the first period for 26:10 and Romania continued their dominance in the second quarter. Paun and Vlad Stoicoviciu (191-G-94) brought 32:14 and Ioan Filip scored for 35:16. Vlad Stoicoviciu also sent the teams to the lockers for 37:18 as Romania won the second frame 11-8. Austria started to play better in the second half and won both periods. After 20-17 in the third period Kolb reduced to 54:38 at the end of the third. Another 14-10 in the last quarter brought the Austrian side 12-points margin that they could not overcome. Cristiean led the way with 16 points, while Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) collected 15 points and 18 rebounds. Ioan Filip followed them with 11 points and 17 rebounds in the winning effort. Gvozden notched 13 in defeat and Wilk had 9 points.

Holland - Montenegro 62-57
Netherlands beat Montenegro to tie the records at 1-1 in Group B of Division B. The Dutch side opened their winning account at the U18 European Championship after 62:57 on Saturday over Montenegro. Averink brought the first four points for the winners and Schilder scored for 14:6. Montenegro replied with 10-0 run to take 16:14 and had 21:18 at the end of the first period. Kok tied the game early in the third and Schilder brought Netherlands 29:28. After 14-14 in the frame Montenegro still enjoyed 3-point deficit at the halftime. The latter led in the third period until the very end when Kevin Bleeker (93) scored for 49:48 and Mihailo Kasalica (185-PG-93) closed the period at 49:49. With 13-8 in the last period the Dutch side grabbed the first victory in Varna and will face Austria tomorrow at the end of the group stage. Schilder poured in 13 points for the winners and Averink chipped in 12. Pajovic posted 17 points in the losing effort and Pavic netted 10.

Group D
Sweden - Israel 85-80 OT
Jesper Eliasson (201-F-94) paced the Scandinavian side over Israel for the second win in Varna. Sweden won over Israel 85:80 at the U18 European Championship in Division B for 2-1 record in Group D, while Israel suffered the first loss. Both teams started strong and totaled 50 points in the first period. Israel grabbed 30:20 as Koulechov and Or Solomon (196-F-93) nailed threes to close the frame. When Or Solomon made it 51:31 it seemed Israel would benefit from the game. Sweden however did not give up and won the game. They erupted with 21-12 in the third period to reduce to 66:56 after thirty minutes. Andersson scored for 71:62 and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) reduced to 73:69. Person and Tobias Borg again tied the game at 73:73 entering the overtime. Laish nailed two threes for Israel in the start of it, but again it was not enough against Sweden. Jesper Eliasson, Tobias Borg and Person made sure the Scandinavian team won the game scoring the last points. Jesper Eliasson stepped up with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Person had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Tobias Borg posted 16, while Andersson netted 13. Laish ended up with 23 points in defeat, while Or Solomon and Menco posted 14 each.

Norway - Slovakia 66-99
Slovak Republic is the first to reach the third victory in Varna as they dominate Group D. Slovak Republic won over Norway 99:66 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway dropped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the group. Slovak Republic went on a lead from the very beginning and proved their ambitions for the top places. Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) scored for 16:5 and Juricek brought 25:7. The latter also became the last to score in the first period for 29:14. Zambor made 5 points in a row for 33:15, while Matejcik scored for 39:19. Slovak Republic won the second period 18-13 and had 47:27 at the halftime. Another victories in the second half allowed them to control the entire game. They produced 22-17 in the third quarter and had 30-22 in the last frame. Hrabcak tried to bring three digits victory for the winners, bit did not mind to celebrate 99:66 win. Boris Bojanovsky stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) erupted with 22 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Ndow nailed 34 points in the losing effort, while Harto scored 11.




M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Bulgaria2-0
2. Hungary2-0
3. Luxembourg.0-2
4. Georgia0-2
Group B
1. Denmark3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Portugal1-2
5. U.Kingdom1-3
Group C
1. Holland2-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Montenegro.1-1
4. Austria0-2
Group D
1. Slovakia3-0
2. Sweden3-1
3. Israel2-1
4. Norway0-3
5. Switzerlan.0-3


Wales wins Division C title in Serravalle - by Eurobasket News
Wales wins Division C title in Serravalle as they won all four games of the tournament. The team needed the final 65:60 win to edged San Marino that finished second with 3-1 record. Wales started with 19-15, but the hosts of the campaign bounced back with 20-12 in the second period for 35:31 halftime advantage. Sumiullah Khan (175-G-94) nailed two threes for 37:37 in the start of the third period, but San Marino won the period to take 48:44 after three quarters. Andrews tied the game at 48:48 and Rothwell scored for 61:57. Jacob Lloyd (185-G-94) was the last to score in the campaign for the final success. Sumiullah Khan erupted with 17 points and Andrews collected 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Gualtieri replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
Moldova U18 beat Andorra U18 74:63 to finish third with 2-2 record. Vladislav Solopa (F-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Gleb Beloborodov (G-94) scored 14. Brighach Abaslama ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
San Marino hot shooter Julian Gualtieri was voted the tournament MVP and is therefore invited by FIBA Europe to the U18 All Star Game at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.Sumiullah Khan and Jacob Lloyd of Wales along with Vladislav Solopa and Daniel Marcenco (197-C-93) of Moldova join Gualiteri in the All-Tournament Team.




Div.C standings
Standings
1. Wales4-0
2. San Marino.3-1
3. Moldova2-2
4. Andorra1-3
5. Gibraltar0-4


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Standings
Standings
Group E
1. France5-0
2. Russia4-1
3. Montenegro3-2
4. Latvia2-3
5. Sweden1-4
6. Slovenia0-5
Group F
1. Spain5-0
2. Italy4-1
3. Turkey2-3
4. Germany2-3
5. Ukraine1-4
6. Greece1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Serbia6-0
2. Lithuania3-3
3. Austria2-4
4. Croatia1-5


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikola MIROTIC
  MNT
  (209-F/C-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Mirotic, ESP27.0 
 2. Dubljevic, MNT22.4 
 3. Nedovic, SRB19.6 
 4. Gentile, ITA18.2 
 5. Fournier, FRA16.9 
 6. Omic, SLO16.3 
 7. Katsivelis, GRE15.4 
 8. Muric, SLO15.0 
 9. Aldemir, TUR14.8 
 10. Sastre Morro, ESP14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Aldemir, TUR15.9 
 2. Mirotic, ESP10.0 
 3. Dubljevic, MNT9.7 
 4. Theis, GER8.7 
 5. Todorovic, MNT7.9 
 6. Muric, SLO7.4 
 7. Koksal, TUR7.0 
 8. Czerapowicz, SWE7.0 
 9. Omic, SLO6.9 
 10. Kulvietis, LTU6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josep FRANCH
  (194-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Franch, ESP5.1 
 2. Lebedintsev, UKR4.9 
 3. Span, SLO4.3 
 4. Redikas, LTU4.0 
 5. Nedovic, SRB3.8 
 6. Dukanovic, MNT3.7 
 7. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.7 
 8. Lypovyy, UKR3.4 
 9. Dambrauskas, LTU3.2 
 10. Koksal, TUR3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evan FOURNIER
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fournier, FRA1.9 
 2. De Nicolao, ITA1.8 
 3. Person, SWE1.5 
 4. Todorovic, MNT1.4 
 5. Strebkov, RUS1.4 
 6. Nedovic, SRB1.4 
 7. Sandul, UKR1.3 
 8. Ioakeimidis, GRE1.3 
 9. Moraschini, ITA1.3 
 10. Giffey, GER1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Artem PUSTOVYI
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pustovyi, UKR2.4 
 2. Meiers, LAT1.9 
 3. Gobert, FRA1.7 
 4. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Aldemir, TUR1.7 
 6. Polonara, ITA1.6 
 7. Bubalo, CRO1.6 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.6 
 9. Mirotic, ESP1.4 
 10. Cervi, ITA1.4 


MVP Shengelia triumphs with Georgia in Division B - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Georgia - Estonia 79-70
Georgia became the winner of the U20 European Championship in Division B that just finished in Sarajevo. The team overcame Estonia 79:70 for the Gold medals in the tournament. On July 17th, the last game of Day 4 at the European Championship became the most interesting as Estonia and Georgia entered the court undefeated and struggled for the top place in Group A. Tornike Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) won the battle over Rain Veideman (192-G-91) as his Georgia celebrated 87:86 win. Tonight Tornike was also the best and he gave his side 20:13 midway through the first frame. Voolaid nailed four free throws in a row for 20:17 at the end of it. Estonia won the second frame 22-20 and reduced to 40:39 at the halftime. Rain Veideman scored for 42:40 and Raap brought 45:42. Tornike Shengelia closed the third period for 63:55 after 23-16 in the stanza. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) nailed three for 70:60 and Bokolishvili delivered two 76:66. Bakradze and Voolaid were the last to score in the game for each team to set up the final result. Tornike Shengelia was awarded MVP of the tournament as he erupted with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) followed him with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Duda Sanadze netted 16. Soo replied with 16 points for Estonia and Rain Veideman delivered 12.



3rd place
Czech Republic - Belgium 86-85
Czech Republic clinched Bronze in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. The team surprised Belgium 86:85 to hand them the second straight loss and to leave them without the podium. Czech Republic took 16:11 midway through the first period and had 20:19 at the end of the quarter. Belgium bounced back with 23-15 and grabbed 42:35 halftime advantage. When Donkor made it 59:40 in the middle of the third period it seemed the tournament knew the third place team. Czech Republic however did not give up and reduce to 68:58 after thirty minutes. Moreover Ondrej Peterka (202-F-91) nailed three for 79:78 with 2 minutes to go. Tomas Vyoral (188-PG-92) scored the last seven points for hos team and celebrated the third place with the Czechs. Tomas Vyoral top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ondrej Peterka produced 16. Balvin collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Mares added 13. Donkor ended up with 28 points for Belgium that was the favorite of the tournament but finished on the fourth place. Maarten Rademakers (205-C/F-91) nailed 20 and Deroover chipped in 12.

5th place
Portugal - Bosnia 71-67
Portugal edged the hosts for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams struggled hard for the higher place while Portugal grabbed the fifth with 71:67 victory. Although it was just a game for the 5th-6th place, both teams looked great in the court. Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed the minimum lead in the opening quarter and had 13:12 after the firth 10 minutes. In the second frame Portugal stayed in front for the majority of time and enjoyed 32:27 halftime advantage. After 19-19 in the third quarter Portugal kept 5-point deficit entering the last stanza. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) reduced to 67:65 with less than a minute to go and Ranko Ivic (193-G-92) scored for 70:67 with 3 seconds in the game. Unfortunately for the hosts Cardoso made two free throws and Halilovic missed a shot from the long distance with the buzzer. Ferreirinho stepped up with 19 points and Miguel Queiroz (202-C/F-91) notched 16. Cardoso and Wildner followed them with 10 points each in a win. Mirza Bulic answered with 24 points for Bosnia and Mirza Bulic added 9.

7th place
Denmark - Bulgaria 72-58
Denmark clinched 7th place in Division B after the victory over Bulgaria in the last game in Sarajevo. The Danish side won 72:58 to finish with the win U20 European Championship campaign. The teams lost their games last night and hoped to finish the tournament with the victory. Denmark took the lead from the very beginning and Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) brought 16:4. He also closed the first period for 19:8 and never looked behind with his team. Larsen delivered two for 25:17 and Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) scored from the arc for 31:25. Francis was the last to post in the half reducing to 33:26 at the halftime. In the third quarter Denmark added 22-8 and did not allow the opponents to think about the victory. Bulgaria however won the last stanza 24-17 and cut it to 14 points at the end. Jonas Bergstedt erupted with 25 points and 20 rebounds, while Philip Hertz netted 12. Thomas Laerke (194-G/F-91) and Bak followed them with 11 points each. Hristov replied with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) notched 13.

9th place
Poland - Finland 60-57
The ninth place in Sarajevo belonged to Poland as they outscored Finland at the last game of the U20 European Championship. Poland edged the Scandinavian team 60:57 mostly due to the third quarter. Four quarters in the game were different in the scenario. Both teams won two each and it became productive more for Poland. They started with 21-10 as Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) was the last to post in the frame. Finland produced a 17-12 in the second quarter and reduced to 33:27 at the halftime. The third quarter became the nightmare for the Finnish team as they scored only 3 points. Poland scored 14 points and Dariusz Wyka (207-C-91) closed the third period at 47:30. Finland did not give and a massive run allowed them to come back to 56:55 lead as Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) made a shot from the perimeter. Poland however needed the last push for the final success. Michal Sokolowski and Fras top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) and Parzenski added 10 apiece. Carl Lindbom replied with 16 points in defeat and Kopio scored 11.

11th place
Israel - Slovakia 88-53
Israel clinched the 10th spot in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Slovak Republic 88:53 for the higher position in Sarajevo. Israel went on an early lead and enjoyed 4-0 run. Timor scored a far shot for 13:3 and Havkin scored for 18:8. Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) and Nimrod Tishman (196-PG-91) exchanged the baskets in the end of the first period for 22:10 and Blayzer nailed for 26:16. Slovak Republic managed to win the second frame 19-17 as Fulka's last four points sent the teams to the big break at 39:29. The third quarter answered all the questions about the winner. Israel erupted with 27-9 for 66:38 lead after thirty minutes. After 22-15 in the last stanza Israel increased to 35 points advantage at the very end. Timor poured in 22 points to lead the charge and Carmel Bouchman (206-F/C-91, college: Temple) netted 15. Havkin and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) followed them with 14 points each. Richard Grznar delivered 19 points in defeat and Becarik scored 15.

13th place
Iceland - United Kingdom 71-83
Great Britain is 13th in Bosnia winning another game at the U20 European Championship campaign. Great Britain won over Iceland 83:71 as both squads will head home tomorrow. Both teams met each other few days ago at the Classification Stage and at that time England proved their ambitions. The latter knew well how to dominate the court and started with 8:2. Thoseby brought 16:9, while Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) became the last to post in the first frame at 18:13. In the second frame the United Kingdom team continued to lead the game and Alex Marcotullio brought 40:25. Van Oostrum Devon delivered two for 44:27 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The third quarter however belonged to Iceland that produced 24-10 and reduced to 54:51 after third period. Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) scored for 57:53 but Iceland failed to catch up with the opponents. Great Britain had 29-20 in the last 10 minutes to win the game. Alex Marcotullio erupted with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Van Oostrum Devon collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) notched 21 points in defeat and Tomas Tomasson posted 17.

15th place
Holland - Romania 77-85
Romania clinched 15th place in Sarajevo as they edged Netherlands in their last game of the competition. Romania side needed 85:77 win to finish one step higher then the Dutch side. Romania scored the first five points in the game and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 15:6. Chirof scored for 22:11 and Bogdan Tibirna closed the first frame at 31:17. Netherlands scored the same number of points in the second period as well and it was not actually to reduce the gap as Romania finished only with 15. Bogdan Tibirna sent the teams to the lockers at 46:34 and Wieten later cut it to 57:51. Telinoiu however nailed three to post 64:55 on the board after thirty minutes. Romania stayed in front for the whole time and allowed the Dutch team to come closer to 8 points. Bogdan Tibirna paced all the winners with 22 points and Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) notched 16. Chirof netted 13, while Telinoiu delivered 12. Dimeo Van Der Horst ended up with 20 points and Williams Leon scored 18.

17th place
Hungary - Belarus 80-88
Liutych paced Belarus over Hungary in the last game for both teams at the the U20 European Championship in Division B. He erupted with 41 points as Belarus won 88:80 and clinched 17th place. Hungary disappointed in the tournament and finished only on the 18th position. Liutych scored his 9 points in the first three minutes and gave Belarus 11-2 lead. Kurapau and Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) brought 23:10, while Maksim Dabravolski (198-G-91) closed the first period at 22:16. Both sides nailed 19 points each in the second frame as the board showed 51:35 at the halftime. Trailing 17 points midway through the third quarter, Hungary reduced to 72:58 after thirty minutes. Madar brought Hungary to 82:80 but those points were the last for his team. Belarus finished the game with 6-0 run and clinched the 17th spot. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk nailed 10 points for Belarus and Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) posted 8. Madar answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Narai netted 11.

19th place
FYR Macedonia - Norway 97-96
F.Y.R. of Macedonia beat Norway for 19th place in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams finished their campaign in the first day of the final day. Both teams decided to finish the tournament on a high note and did not pay too much attention to defense. As a result they scored 62 points in the first ten minutes as F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 34:28 lead. Markovski scored for 37:30 and Apostoli Apostolov (183-G-91) brought 41:33. After another 31-24 in the second frame the winners had 65:52 lead. They however slowed down in the second half and allowed the team from Norway to reduce the gap. Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) cut it to 84:77 at the end of the third period and Engen brought 94:93 with 3 minutes to go. Gajdadjiev nailed three for 97:93, while Oeivind Lundestad reduced to 97:96. It became the final result of the game as both teams could not score in the last minutes of the campaign. Markovski paced all the winners with 29 points and Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) notched 22. Petrov collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Osman netted 18.




Spain celebrate title in Bilbao! - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Spain - Italy 82-70
Spain triumphed at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao. The hosts prevailed against Italy in the Final. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Spain to the crown. He became undisputable MVP of the tournament. Spain grabbed a 6:2 lead early in the encounter but Italy soon erased the deficit. Andrea de Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) made it 13:8 for Italy late in the opening quarter. Spain however regained the lead 17:16 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter. He unloaded 11 points in the stanza as Spain cleared off to a 42:35 halftime lead. Jodar and Tomas drained three-pointers early in the third stanza as Spain grabbed a 50:40 advantage. Spain ensured a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter remaining 68:55. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row to enlarge the lead. Andrea de Nicolao scored 7 points in a 9:0 surge from Italy as the Azzurri cut the distance to 8 points 64:72. But Nikola Mirotic and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain sealed the victory. Josep Franch contributed 19 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) responded with 17 points for Italy. Alessandro Gentile provided 14 points in the loss.



3-4 place
Russia - France 50-66
France stepped onto the pedestal at U20 European Championship in Spain. They fired past Russia in the consolation final tonight. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 20 points to lead the winners. France opened the game with eight points in a row. They stayed in charge posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Toupane and Mendy stretched the gap to 15 points early in the second quarter. France kept Russia at bay rolling to a 39:21 halftime advantage. Russia could not get closer than 14 points throughout the third term. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 16 points 50:34. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) scored four consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to drag Russia within 12 points but Evan Fournier came up with 12 points in the frame to lead France to the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points, while Mael Lebrun (198-F-91) contributed 7 points in the win. Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) replied with 15 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov finished with 8 points in defeat.

5-6 place
Germany - Turkey 60-49
Germany claimed the fifth place at the U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) stepped up with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead and rallied to a 17:11 advantage at the first break. But Turkey answered with a 10:0 run early in the second term to surge ahead. The teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the half but Germany managed to eke out a 27:24 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third period. Niels Giffey capped the quarter with four points in a row as Germany pulled ahead 41:38. Germany used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 50:41 lead. Soon Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis (207-C-92) boosted the lead to 11 points and Germany never looked back afterwards. Daniel Theis finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Turkey. Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) had 9 points in the loss.

7-8 place
Montenegro - Latvia 85-76
Montenegrin U20 National Team finished European Championship on a high note. They toppled Latvia to claim the seventh overall position in the standings. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another solid game for Montenegro as he came up with 26 points and 13 boards. The lead changed hands for several times before Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 9:2 run to post a 21:13 lead. Montenegro opened the second term with five points in a row to open up a double-digit lead. Latvia cut the deficit to 7 points midway through the period another strong quarter finish from the Balkan team allowed them to record a 45:26 halftime lead. Montenegro boosted the gap to 20 points in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by 21 points 67:46. Latvia erupted for 30 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) accounted for 16 points, while Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) finished with 13 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 23 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Group G
Croatia - Serbia 63-81
Serbia wrapped up their European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Croatia to improve at 6-0 record in Group G. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia fell at 1-5 record and said bye to Division A. Serbia dominated right from the start. They outscored Croatia 23:10 in the first period. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 44:30 halftime advantage. Serbia opened the second half on a 6:2 run to take an 18-point advantage. They kept Croatia at bay rallying to a 66:48 lead at the final intermission. Serbia never looked back in the fourth period and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points in the win. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) notched 9 points in the loss.

Austria - Lithuania 62-78
Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria joined Croatia on their way to Division B. Lithuania showed their ambitions with a 17:0 run midway through the opening quarter. They cleared off to a 28:11 lead at the first break. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Dambrauskas boosted the margin to 21-point early in the second term. But Austria did not surrender as they cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime 31:44. Lithuania kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third quarter. They posted a 60:45 lead with one quarter remaining. The Baltic team used a 7:0 rally midway through the fourth period to establish a 69:48 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) scored 13 points, while Dovydas Redikas contributed 11 points for Lithuania. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) responded with 18 points for Austria. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) netted 10 points in defeat.




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U20: The ninth place in Sarajevo belonged to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Finland U20 60:57

The ninth place in Sarajevo belonged to Poland as they outscored Finland at the last game of the U20 European Championship. Poland edged the Scandinavian team 60:57 mostly due to the third quarter.
Four quarters in the game were different in the scenario. Both teams won two each and it became productive more for Poland. They started with 21-10 as Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) was the last to post in the frame. Finland produced a 17-12 in the second quarter and reduced to 33:27 at the halftime. The third quarter became the nightmare for the Finnish team as they scored only 3 points. Poland scored 14 points and Wyka closed the third period at 47:30. Finland did not give and a massive run allowed them to come back to 56:55 lead as Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) made a shot from the perimeter. Poland however needed the last push for the final success.
Michal Sokolowski and Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) and Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) added 10 apiece. Carl Lindbom replied with 16 points in defeat and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) scored 11.

Poland U20: Michal Sokolowski 12+12 rebs, Wojciech Fras 12, Sebastian Szymanski 10, Jakub Parzenski 10+12 rebs
Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 16, Villematti Kopio 11




KORISLIIGA: KTP signed with Terrell Bell - by Rauno Hurmalainen
KTP-Basket (Kotka) and American SG Terrell Bell (198-G/F-89) have agreed and signed the contract for coming 2011-12 season. Bell comes out of Virginia Tech University (2007-2011) and will start his international basketball career in Finland. Bell averaged 6,9 ppg, 5,6 rpg, 1,9 apg in 32,2 mpg as a senior. This summer Bell played three games on Team Venice roster (Eurobasket Summer League) in Las Vegas averaging 20,7 ppg, 10,0 rpg and 4,0 apg. KTP new Head Coach Lars Ekstrom (agency: Edge Sports ) found Bell when visiting Las Vegas, Nevada.

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U20: France knock down Russia to claim Bronze medals in Spain - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Russia U20 66:50

France stepped onto the pedestal at U20 European Championship in Spain. They fired past Russia in the consolation final tonight. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
France opened the game with eight points in a row. They stayed in charge posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Toupane and Mendy stretched the gap to 15 points early in the second quarter. France kept Russia at bay rolling to a 39:21 halftime advantage. Russia could not get closer than 14 points throughout the third term. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 16 points 50:34. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) scored four consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to drag Russia within 12 points but Evan Fournier came up with 12 points in the frame to lead France to the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points, while Mael Lebrun (198-F-91) contributed 7 points in the win. Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) replied with 15 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov finished with 8 points in defeat.

France U20: Evan Fournier 20, Leo Westermann 11, Mael Lebrun 7
Russia U20: Nikita Balashov 15, Pavel Antipov 8



Roanne add Andre Barrett - by Eurobasket News
Chorale Roanne have strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Andre Barrett (175-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall). The 29-year-old guard spent the last season in D-League. He tallied 19.3 points, 6.7 assists and 2.5 boards per game for the Idaho Stampede. Previously he played in Spain, D-League, NBA. Andre Barrett participated in D-League All-Star Game in 2008. He made it into D-League 2nd Team the same year.


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U20: F.Y.R. of Macedonia beat Norway for 19th place in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Norway U20 97:96

F.Y.R. of Macedonia beat Norway for 19th place in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams finished their campaign in the first day of the final day.
Both teams decided to finish the tournament on a high note and did not pay too much attention to defense. As a result they scored 62 points in the first ten minutes as F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 34:28 lead. Goran Markovski (193-G-92) scored for 37:30 and Apostolov brought 41:33. After another 31-24 in the second frame the winners had 65:52 lead. They however slowed down in the second half and allowed the team from Norway to reduce the gap. Lundestad cut it to 84:77 at the end of the third period and Magnus Engen (188-G/F-91) brought 94:93 with 3 minutes to go. Gajdadjiev nailed three for 97:93, while Lundestad reduced to 97:96. It became the final result of the game as both teams could not score in the last minutes of the campaign.
Goran Markovski paced all the winners with 29 points and Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) notched 22. Lazar Petrov (209-C-91) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) netted 18.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 29, Stojan Gjuroski 22, Lazar Petrov 19+13 rebs, Dzaner Osman 18
Norway U20: Stian Berg (187-PG-91) 27, Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) 19, Magnus Engen 15, Atle Ndiaye (193-F-92) 14



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U20: MVP Shengelia triumphs with Georgia in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20-Estonia U20 79:70

Georgia became the winner of the U20 European Championship in Division B that just finished in Sarajevo. The team overcame Estonia 79:70 for the Gold medals in the tournament.
On July 17th, the last game of Day 4 at the European Championship became the most interesting as Estonia and Georgia entered the court undefeated and struggled for the top place in Group A. Tornike Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) won the battle over Rain Rain Veideman (192-G-91) as his Georgia celebrated 87:86 win. Tonight Tornike was also the best and he gave his side 20:13 midway through the first frame. Voolaid nailed four free throws in a row for 20:17 at the end of it. Estonia won the second frame 22-20 and reduced to 40:39 at the halftime. Rain Veideman scored for 42:40 and Raap brought 45:42. Tornike Shengelia closed the third period for 63:55 after 23-16 in the stanza. Duda Sanadze (196-G/F-92) nailed three for 70:60 and Bokolishvili delivered two 76:66. Bakradze and Voolaid were the last to score in the game for each team to set up the final result.
Tornike Shengelia was awarded MVP of the tournament as he erupted with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) followed him with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Duda Sanadze netted 16. Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) replied with 16 points for Estonia and Rain Veideman delivered 12.

Georgia U20: Tornike Shengelia 26+10 rebs, Akaki Dvalishvili 20+10 rebs, Duda Sanadze 16
Estonia U20: Janar Soo 16, Rain Veideman 12, Martin Dorbek (191-G-91) 11



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Anthony Hilliard Coming To The Beko BBL To Play For The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
According to Sportando.com, Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) will play his thrid professional basketball season in the German Beko BBL after playing the last two years in Belgium. It is no secret that the Artland Dragons like to look across the boarder to Belgium for raw basketball talent as in the last years they got players like Darius Hall and Lamont Mcintosh. Hilliard is a 25 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina. His strong rebounding skills stand out as he has never averaged less than 6 rebounds per season in Belgium and averaged 11,0rpg in his last three years of college ball. Hilliard comes from Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium) where he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 38 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.9apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 62.5%. He demonstrated last season in the Belgium league that he can be very consistent as he scored in double figurs in 31 games including a stretch of 24 games in a row. The year before as a rookie, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 32 games: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.0%. He started his basketball career at Elizabeth City (NCAA2) from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 28 games: 22.9ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.6%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been CIAA All-Rookie Team -06, CIAA Tournament Semifinals -06, NCAA D2 Pre-Season All-America Honorable Mention (by Division II Bulletin) -07, CIAA All-Tournament Team -07CIAA All-Tournament MVP -07, -CIAA Honorable Mention Team -07, CIAA Tournament Winner -07,CIAA Eastern Division Regular Season Runner-Up -08, All-CIAA Team -08, 09, -CIAA Player of the Year -08, 09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Atlantic Region 1st Team -08, D2 All-America 4th Team (by Division II Bulletin) -08, NCAA D2 Pre-Season All-America 1st Team (by The Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook) -08, D2 Pre-Season All-America Team (by Division II Bulletin) -08, NCAA D2 All-Star Game -09 (Co-MVP), NABC NCAA D2 All-America Atlantic District 2nd Team -09, NCAA D2 All-America 2nd Team (by Division II Bulletin) -09, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention -10, Belgian League Finalist -11, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team -11, and Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports Team -11.

Source: Sportando.com


Miles to stay in Hanau - by Moritz Korff
Chris Miles (211-F/C, college: BYU) has agreed with Pro B newcomer Hanau White Wings on extending his stay at the TG squad. The big man from Utah arrived to Hanau from BC Kolin of the Czech Republic in December 2010. He then helped the White Wings to capture the RLSW title and was handed Eurobasket.com All-RLSW Second Team honors.
Miles spent his NCAA career at Division 1 school Brigham Young University and graduated in 2010. His first stop in pro basketball was BC Kolin. After 13 appearances (5.8ppg, 4.6rpg) for the Czech first league side he moved on to Germany and will prove his strength in the Pro B following the summer break.


The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Nate Linhart (TBB Trier) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Nate Linhart (201-F-86, college: Akron) is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that will play his third professional basketball season and first in the German Beko BBL with TBB Trier. The American played for Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FTBSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%.last season, he played for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 08, MAC Tournament Semifinals -06, MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -07, 09, MAC Tournament Finalist -07, 08, All-MAC Honorable Mention -09, MAC Defensive Player of the Year -09MAC Tournament Winner -09, MAC All-Tournament MVP -09, MAC All-Tournament Team -09, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -09, Austrian Supercup Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com Austrian Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -10 and D-League East Conference Runner-Up -11. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

You will be starting your third professional basketball season in October for TBB Trier in the Beko BBL. What were the main reasons that you chose the club on the Mosel river?

I had a chance to meet Coach Roedl last year in Vegas and he made an impression on me as someone I would enjoy playing for. When the opportunity presented itself to play for him this year, after reviewing my other options, I felt it would be the best fit for me in Trier.

You had a pretty solid season in the D-league for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Did you have many more offers that you had to choose from? How difficult was it choosing TBB Trier?

I had some other offers but I wanted to go somewhere where I would be comfortable and after meeting Coach and already knowing Dru Joyce it seemed to be my best option.

What do you know about the German league Beko BBL? Are there any guys playing in Germany that you know besides Dru Joyce?

I know it is a very well respected league through out Europe. I've heard the competition is top notch. There are a lot of guys all through out the league that I know or have played against, too many to name.

You averaged almost 3 assists per game in the D-league. Is your passing out of the low post and in general something you were able to improve on last season?

Yes I think I see the floor pretty well for my size. I don't play in the low post all that often but in general I thought my passing improved through out the course of last season.

Who won a one on one in practice at Eire you or Tasmin Mitchell?

Never got a chance to play Tas in 1 on 1. Different positions but it would have been a battle for sure

What is a big strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

I think my ability to get to the basket. I'm crafty around the rim and a pretty good finisher when I get to the basket.

How long did it take you to realize who your coach Henrik Rodl was? I am sure you saw the North Carolina- Michigan game in 1993? What do you remember of this game and from coach Rodl?

I found out who he was from my agent just before talking to him for the first time. I knew he came from a pretty extensive and successful basketball background. I don't remember too much from the game though, besides Chris Webber calling timeout and earning the technical foul.

You played together with Dru Joyce at Akron. What is something that always stuck in your mind with your dealings with Joyce as a teammate at Akron?

With Dru I always knew what I was going to get each game. He's a hard nosed player with a knack for getting the job done one way or another. He's just a winner that has always played with a lot of confidence as well.

Most players from Ohio cant really answer this question, but maybe you can. Why are there so many good basketball players from Ohio?

I guess it's just the culture that we come from. Basketball seems to be the dominant sport in Ohio and to be successful you really have to raise your level of play.

Who was the best player that you played against with Akron in the NCAA that might be in the NBA?

There were a couple of guys that stand out. Dejuan Blair and Sam Young from Pittsburgh were both really tough hard nosed players. Leon Powe was really tough at California. The person that hurt us the most though was probably Eric Maynor at VCU, I think he had 30 on us one game.

You played together with Tim Burnette with BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 2 years ago in Austria. You will play against Burnette who is playing with s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What was your fondest memory with him and your time in Austria?

Tim was one of my better friends on the team we hung out a lot. I just remember off the court playing a lot of Call of Duty and NBA 2k together. He's still a great friend of mine too.

What part of your game do you still need to work on and will be doing this summer in the gym?

Just continually developing my shot and ballhandling. Those are 2 things everybody can always improve on so I've just been sticking with that.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I think Superbad, top 5 comedy all time no doubt!

Thanks Nate for the chat.



U20: Germany edge Turkey to occupy fifth place in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Turkey U20 60:49

Germany claimed the fifth place at the U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) stepped up with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead and rallied to a 17:11 advantage at the first break. But Turkey answered with a 10:0 run early in the second term to surge ahead. The teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the half but Germany managed to eke out a 27:24 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third period. Niels Giffey capped the quarter with four points in a row as Germany pulled ahead 41:38. Germany used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 50:41 lead. Soon Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis (207-C-92) boosted the lead to 11 points and Germany never looked back afterwards. Daniel Theis finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Turkey. Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Niels Giffey 20, Daniel Theis 12, Mathis Monninghoff 9
Turkey U20: Sertac Sanli 18, Pertev Onguner 9



BG Goettingen Sign Duquesne Legend Damian Saunders - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BG Goettingen have added strength to their forward position by bringing in Damian Saunders (200-F-88) Saunders will be a Beko BBL rookie and is a 22 year old 200cm forward from Waterbury Conneticut. He is not only a scorer and beast under the hoop, but excells at defending as well as he showed that from 2007-2011 at Duquesne (NCAA). In his senior year, he played 31 games: 12.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2.7bpg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 52.3%. In his four years at Duquesne, he played 127 games and holds numerous records as playing the most games ever 127, most times in the starting five 116 games, most steals with 277,most blocks with 300 and most dunks with 166. 'Damian Saunders is exactly the type of player that we were looking for. He is a strong defender and very versatile. On the court, he has a large action radius. He gives much in the defense and offense.He is an allrounder that is used to a fast style. On offense, he can score from outside and inside',added BG Goettingen head coach Stefan Mienack . As a junior, Saunders was able to produce double double stats in the touch All Atlantic 10 conference averaging 15.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.8spg, 2.9bpg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 18.9%, FT: 48.4%. Recently he took place at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 5.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg. He had workouts with NBA teams New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Bobcats and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team -08, All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -09Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -09, All-Atlantic 10 1st Team -10, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -10, 11, All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year -10, 11, NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team -10, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team -11

Source: BG Goettingen




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World Military Championship: Brazil triumph in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Greece 76:64

Brazil clinched the title at World Military Championship. The hosts overcame Greece in the title game today. Wellington Santos (185-PG-81) stepped up with 20 points to lead Brazil.
Brazil surged ahead right from the start. The home team maintained the advantage throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Brazil extended their advantage in the second quarter. They posted a 35:29 lead at the interval. Brazil kept Greece at safe distance in the third quarter. The hosts entered the fourth period up by seven points 56:49. The margin grew at 9-point mark midway through the fourth quarter. Brazil did not slow down in the final minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Luiz Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) accounted for 17 points apiece in the victory. Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) and Dimitrios Kompodietas (195-G-85) answered with 12 points each for Greece. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) delivered 10 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Brazil: Wellington Santos 20, Arthur Silva 17, Luiz Felipe Ribeiro 17
Greece: Thomas Nikou 12, Dimitrios Kompodietas 12, Nikolaos Papanikolaou 10



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Guyana National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Steve Neils Lions Trinidad and Tobago
Dwayne Roberts C Ravens Guyana
Akeem Kanhai 183-G-91
Kurt Elias C Ravens Guyana
Ryan Gullen C Pacesetters Guyana
Ryan Stephney
Rodwell Fortune Georgetown Guyana
Royston Siland C Pacesetters Guyana
Shane Webster
Stephan Gillis
Neil Marks
Keron McKenzie 193-G-86 ESL Atlanta USA

Robert Cadogan Head Coach


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U18: Netherlands beat Montenegro to tie the records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Montenegro U18 62:57

Netherlands beat Montenegro to tie the records at 1-1 in Group B of Division B. The Dutch side opened their winning account at the U18 European Championship after 62:57 on Saturday over Montenegro.
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) brought the first four points for the winners and Mike Schilder (183-PG-94) scored for 14:6. Montenegro replied with 10-0 run to take 16:14 and had 21:18 at the end of the first period. Kok tied the game early in the third and Mike Schilder brought Netherlands 29:28. After 14-14 in the frame Montenegro still enjoyed 3-point deficit at the halftime. The latter led in the third period until the very end when Bleeker scored for 49:48 and Kasalica closed the period at 49:49. With 13-8 in the last period the Dutch side grabbed the first victory in Varna and will face Austria tomorrow at the end of the group stage.
Mike Schilder poured in 13 points for the winners and Kasper Averink chipped in 12. Milos Pajovic (204-C-94) posted 17 points in the losing effort and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) netted 10.

Netherlands U18: Mike Schilder 13, Kasper Averink 12
Montenegro U18: Milos Pajovic 17, Vukota Pavic 10



U20: Romania clinched 15th place in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Romania U20 77:85

Romania clinched 15th place in Sarajevo as they edged Netherlands in their last game of the competition. Romania side needed 85:77 win to finish one step higher then the Dutch side.
Romania scored the first five points in the game and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 15:6. Chirof scored for 22:11 and Bogdan Tibirna closed the first frame at 31:17. Netherlands scored the same number of points in the second period as well and it was not actually to reduce the gap as Romania finished only with 15. Bogdan Tibirna sent the teams to the lockers at 46:34 and Diede Denous Wieten (208-C-92) later cut it to 57:51. Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) however nailed three to post 64:55 on the board after thirty minutes. Romania stayed in front for the whole time and allowed the Dutch team to come closer to 8 points.
Bogdan Tibirna paced all the winners with 22 points and Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) notched 16. Chirof netted 13, while Ciprian Telinoiu delivered 12. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) ended up with 20 points and Leon Williams (183-PG-91) scored 18.

Netherlands U20: Dimeo Van Der Horst 20, Leon Williams 18, Diede Denous Wieten 10
Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 22, Vlad Corpodean 16, Chirof 13, Ciprian Telinoiu 12




Lasaulec Aris lands point guard Lance Jeter - by Fred Roggen
Lasaulec Aris signed American point guard Lance Jeter (190-G) to a one-year contract, the team announced Sunday. The former Husker gives Lasaulac Aris a physical presence and offensive threat in the backcourt. Pointguard Lance Jeter arrives from the University of Nebraska, where he led his team last season with 11.7 points.
Jeter also contributed 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the Huskers.


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U20: Liutych paced Belarus over Hungary in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20-Belarus U20 80:88

Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) paced Belarus over Hungary in the last game for both teams at the the U20 European Championship in Division B. He erupted with 41 points as Belarus won 88:80 and clinched 17th place. Hungary disappointed in the tournament and finished only on the 18th position.
Vitali Liutych scored his 9 points in the first three minutes and gave Belarus 11-2 lead. Kurapau and Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) brought 23:10, while Dabravolski closed the first period at 22:16. Both sides nailed 19 points each in the second frame as the board showed 51:35 at the halftime. Trailing 17 points midway through the third quarter, Hungary reduced to 72:58 after thirty minutes. Andras Madar (191-G-91, agency: TSS Management) brought Hungary to 82:80 but those points were the last for his team. Belarus finished the game with 6-0 run and clinched the 17th spot.
Valiantsin Ihnatchyk nailed 10 points for Belarus and Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) posted 8. Andras Madar answered with 24 points in the losing effort and Bence Narai (206-F/C-92) netted 11.

Hungary U20: Andras Madar 24, Bence Narai 11, Kovacs 10
Belarus U20: Vitali Liutych 41, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 10, Viktar Ausepian 8




Hungarian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Marton Bader
Bader
Peter Lorant
Lorant
Adam Hanga
Hanga
Akos Horvath
Horvath
Obie Trotter
Trotter
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Marton Bader 212-C-80 Szolnok Hungary
Peter Lorant 207-F/C-85 Burgos Spain
Adam Hanga 201-G-89 Manresa Spain
Akos Horvath 194-G/F-81 Szolnok Hungary
Obie Trotter 186-G-84 Szolnok Hungary
Andras Molnar 195-F/G-83 Soproni Hungary
Akos Keller 206-F/C-89 Albacomp Hungary
Marton Fodor 191-G-81 Szolnok Hungary
Zsolt Szabo 202-F-86 Falco-Szova Hungary
David Vojvoda 191-G/F-90 Atomeromu Hungary
Gabor Soos 200-G/F-85 Kaposvari Hungary
Zoltan Trepak 210-C-77 Szolnok Hungary

Branislav Dzunic Head Coach Albacomp Hungary
Balazs Sabali Assistant Kormend Hungary


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U20: Great Britain is 13th in Bosnia, Iceland drops at 14th - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Great Britain U20 71:83

Great Britain is 13th in Bosnia winning another game at the U20 European Championship campaign. Great Britain won over Iceland 83:71 as both squads will head home tomorrow.
Both teams met each other few days ago at the Classification Stage and at that time England proved their ambitions. The latter knew well how to dominate the court and started with 8:2. Thoseby brought 16:9, while Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) became the last to post in the first frame at 18:13. In the second frame the United Kingdom team continued to lead the game and Alex Marcotullio brought 40:25. Van Oostrum Devon delivered two for 44:27 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The third quarter however belonged to Iceland that produced 24-10 and reduced to 54:51 after third period. Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) scored for 57:53 but Iceland failed to catch up with the opponents. Great Britain had 29-20 in the last 10 minutes to win the game.
Alex Marcotullio erupted with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Van Oostrum Devon collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) notched 21 points in defeat and Tomas Tomasson posted 17.

Iceland U20: Aegir Steinarsson 21, Tomas Tomasson 17
Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 24+11 rebs, Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) 21+10 rebs



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Davari signed with Foolad Mahan - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
New team in Iran super league Foolad Mahan Esfahan sign with Javad Davari (185-G-83) . this new team from Esfahan will participate in Iran 2011-12 super league. team head coach is former Iran NT player and EX-ZobAhan coach Mohsen Sadeghzadeh . it looks this team has huge budget and they will be one of the championship contenders. For the first step they signed with Javad Davari Iran's NT gaurd. Davari played last season with Mahram Tehran and he won the league with Mahram. but as NT player Davari had bad season in Mahram , he was on the bench in most of the matches and didn't got much playing time.
rumors says Mahan team is also in negotiation with Jaber Rouzbahani (227-C-86) , Iman Zandi (188-G-81) and some other big names.


Javad Davari Awards/Achievements:

Iranian National Team -03-11
Asia-Basket.com All-Iran Superleague Defensive Team -04
WABA Championships in Tehran -04
Iran University National Team -05
World University Games in Izmir -05
William Jones Cup Tournament -07, 10
WABA Club Championships -08 (Semifinals), 11 (Semifinals)
Olympic Games in Beijing (China) -08: 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -09, 10
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -09, 11
Asian Championships in Tianjin (China) -09 (Champion): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 73.9%
World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 87.5%
Asian Games in Guangzhou (China) -10 (Bronze): 8 games: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 80.0%
Asian Club Championships -11 (Silver)
Iranian Superleague Champion -11


Source : http://sports.yjc.ir



Iran overcome Romania for first win Guimaraes - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Romania 76:66

Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) scored 27 points to lead Iran past Romania on the second day of action at Guimaraes international friendly tournament. Iran improved at 1-1 record, while Romania fell at 0-2 after the game.
Romania dominated in the first half. The European side posted a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Romania stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 43:38 halftime lead. But Iran picked up the slack in the second half. They limited Romania to just 12 points in the third quarter to post narrow the deficit to a single point 54:55. The final term belonged to Iran. They outgunned Romania 22:11 to rally to a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoost (212-C-86) had 19 points and 11 boards for Iran. Jonas Lalehzadeh (195-G) added 8 points in the victory. Vlad Moldoveanu (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) answered with 19 points for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Laszlo Lazar (210-F/C-87) netted 12 points each in defeat.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 27, Asghar Kardoost 19+11 boards, Jonas Lalehzadeh 8
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 19, Titus Nicoara 12, Laszlo Lazar 12



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  ISRAEL   


Former NBA guard Bobby Brown may land in Israel - by David Pick
With the summer progressing, Israel's top organizations are still in search of the perfect quarterback combo guard duo to increase their chances of an upcoming season title. Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv were recently in intensive talks with former NBA guard Bobby Brown, who played last season overseas, splitting his time in Poland and Greece.

Despite a 2007 championship year in Germany with Alba Berlin, and the fact that Maccabi was pursuing Brown aggressively the following summer, the Cal. St. Fullerton guard decided to sign with the Sacramento Kings. Lately, Brown's name has come up again as a possible recruit for Maccabi, complementing Jeremy Pargo from the second guard position. However, negotiations came up short and the Euroleague experienced Brown, still has interest of playing in Israel and has already been in contact with Hapoel Jerusalem, who is eager to find a suitable replacement for Will Solomon.

Before the NBA strike took place, Brown had successful workouts with the Raptors, Pacers and Lakers, though the 'ongoing' lockout is forcing the guard to reconsider his European offers. Brown's current financial demands may be a bit too much for Jerusalem's budget; yet, the team already informed the player's representatives to be on 'standby' for possible updates that may attract the California native to the Holly Land next season.

In College, Brown enjoyed four-years at Cal State Fullerton finishing his career as the schools leading scorer with 1,961 points (ninth in Big West history). After not being drafted in 2007, Brown went abroad and helped Alba Berlin win the German championship, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the ULEB Cup contest, Brown improved his performances and averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

After a stellar year, Brown returned home and signed a two-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. He would then continue his NBA journey playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. Last season looked promising as Brown signed a deal with Polish Prokom Gdynia where he performed at a high level posting numbers of 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in the Domestic league. Battling in the Euroleague, Brown averaged 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.8apg. In December, Brown left for Greece where he signed with Aris Thessaloniki. The impressive European double figure scoring averages was maintained as Brown recorded 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg in the Greek league and posted higher digits in the international EuroCup competition averaging 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.3apg.




D.J. Gay talks with Ashkelon, Jeremy Wise will agree terms with Haifa - by David Pick
Elitzur Ashkelon is trying to bounce back from a terrible season where it finished in last place winning just six of its twenty-seven games. After signing Israeli PG Niv Berkowitz and agreeing on terms with big men Jonhatan Nir and Marco Killingsworth, Ashkelon is searching for its first American guard and one of the possible recruits whose name was associated with the team and mentioned repeatedly in Israel is D.J. Gay from San Diego St University.

At six feet, Gay was one of the quickest guards to come out of the NCAA Mountain West Conference this year. A guard, who can shoot from range when needed and control the pace of a game simultaneously, rewarded Gay with the 2011 MWC Regular Season Champion and an honorable All-MWC first team awards.

In each year as a student athlete, Gay improved his scoring, rebounding and assist averages as he fully matured his senior year at SDSU, averaging 11.1 points, 2.2 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Jeremy Wise close to agreeing terms with Haifa.

As posted in Israel and according to sources with information on terms of negotiations who confirmed details to 'Eurobasket', Israel's Maccabi Haifa and American point guard Jeremy Wise are in advanced negotiations and may agree on terms shortly. Wise almost had a done deal with Hapoel Jerusalem who eventually signed Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy. The fact that the two would have combined to a significantly short back court line, forced Jerusalem to go in a different direction.

Now, Haifa put a respectful offer on a table and wise has until tomorrow (Monday) to respond officially.

Wise is an extremely gifted scorer with a quick first step who likes to finish at the rim. While playing 53 games in the D-League this past season for the Bakersfield Jam before heading to Europe for a short stint, Wise improved both his ball handling skills and court vision decisions. Defensively, his long arms and quick feet helped him reach a 1.8 steal average while playing in Europe.

Wise finished his college career at Southern Mississippi as a starter playing in 32 games his final year, averaging 16.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. Shortly after, Wise played for the Bakersfield Jam and recorded 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists in his first year with the team.

Last year, the 25-year-old point guard began back-to-back seasons with Bakersfield and this time around, averaged 14.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg before moving to Italy and joining second divisions Sigma Barcellona, where he played five games and posted numbers of 16.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg.



U18: Jesper Eliasson paced the Scandinavian side over Israel in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Israel U18 85:80 OT

Jesper Jesper Eliasson (201-F-94) paced the Scandinavian side over Israel for the second win in Varna. Sweden won over Israel 85:80 at the U18 European Championship in Division B for 2-1 record in Group D, while Israel suffered the first loss.
Both teams started strong and totaled 50 points in the first period. Israel grabbed 30:20 as Koulechov and Or Solomon (196-F-93) nailed threes to close the frame. When Or Solomon made it 51:31 it seemed Israel would benefit from the game. Sweden however did not give up and won the game. They erupted with 21-12 in the third period to reduce to 66:56 after thirty minutes. Andersson scored for 71:62 and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) reduced to 73:69. Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) and Tobias Borg again tied the game at 73:73 entering the overtime. Noam Laish (195-G/F-93) nailed two threes for Israel in the start of it, but again it was not enough against Sweden. Jesper Eliasson, Tobias Borg and Jonathan Person made sure the Scandinavian team won the game scoring the last points.
Jesper Eliasson stepped up with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Jonathan Person had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Tobias Borg posted 16, while Andersson netted 13. Noam Laish ended up with 23 points in defeat, while Or Solomon and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) posted 14 each.

Sweden U18: Jesper Eliasson 25+15 rebs, Jonathan Person 19+8 rebs, Tobias Borg 16, Andersson 13
Israel U18: Noam Laish 23, Or Solomon 14, Rafael Menco 14



U20: Israel clinched the 10th spot in Division B, Slovakia finished the step lower - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Slovak Republic U20 88:53

Israel clinched the 10th spot in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Slovak Republic 88:53 for the higher position in Sarajevo.
Israel went on an early lead and enjoyed 4-0 run. Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored a far shot for 13:3 and Tom Havkin (202-F-91, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored for 18:8. Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) and Tishman exchanged the baskets in the end of the first period for 22:10 and Blayzer nailed for 26:16. Slovak Republic managed to win the second frame 19-17 as Fulka's last four points sent the teams to the big break at 39:29. The third quarter answered all the questions about the winner. Israel erupted with 27-9 for 66:38 lead after thirty minutes. After 22-15 in the last stanza Israel increased to 35 points advantage at the very end.
Bar Timor poured in 22 points to lead the charge and Carmel Bouchman (206-F/C-91, college: Temple) netted 15. Tom Havkin and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) followed them with 14 points each. Richard Grznar delivered 19 points in defeat and Robert Becarik (183-PG-91) scored 15.

Israel U20: Bar Timor 22, Carmel Bouchman 15, Tom Havkin 14, Guy Lavie 14
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 19, Robert Becarik 15




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U20: Spain better Italy for the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 82:70

Spain triumphed at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao. The hosts prevailed against Italy in the Final. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Spain to the crown. He became undisputable MVP of the tournament.
Spain grabbed a 6:2 lead early in the encounter but Italy soon erased the deficit. Andrea de Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) made it 13:8 for Italy late in the opening quarter. Spain however regained the lead 17:16 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter. He unloaded 11 points in the stanza as Spain cleared off to a 42:35 halftime lead. Jodar and Tomas drained three-pointers early in the third stanza as Spain grabbed a 50:40 advantage. Spain ensured a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter remaining 68:55. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row to enlarge the lead. Andrea de Nicolao scored 7 points in a 9:0 surge from Italy as the Azzurri cut the distance to 8 points 64:72. But Nikola Mirotic and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain sealed the victory. Josep Franch contributed 19 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) responded with 17 points for Italy. Alessandro Gentile provided 14 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 29+11 boards, Josep Franch 19, Alejandro Barrera 10
Italy U20: Riccardo Moraschini 17, Alessandro Gentile 14



Cimberio Varese land Yakhouba Diawara, close to E'Twaun Moore - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese have agreed on terms of contract with Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82, college: Pepperdine). The 28-year-old forward spent the previous season with Enel Brindisi. He tallied 13.6 points, 4.5 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.1 assists per game in Seria A. Previously Yakhouba Diawara played for the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Bologna and Dijon before joining Enel Brindisi. The forward was also the member of French National Team in 2006-08 seasons.
Varese are also close to signing rookie import guard. E'Twaun Moore (193-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) has just graduated from Purdue University. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season. The guard earned AP NCAA All-America Honourable Mention back in 2010. E'Twaun Moore also made it into All-Big Ten 1st Team for the second year in a row.



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Jamaican National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Andrew Whilby
Whilby
Patrick Ewing Jr.
Ewing Jr.
Garfield Blair
Blair
Akeem Scott
Scott
Andre Smith
Smith
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4 Michael Coburn 182-G-88 Rutgers USA
5 Andrew Whilby 210-F/C-84 Tivoli Wizards Jamaica
6 Patrick Ewing Jr. 203-F-84 N.Orleans H. USA
7 Garfield Blair 196-G-87 Stetson USA
8 Michael Rogers 198-F-88 Valparaiso USA
9 Akeem Scott 186-PG-83 Geneva USA
10 Andre Smith 188-G-80 Pouya Iran
13 Brian Grant 203-C-87 Cedarville USA
Ryan Reid 203-F-86 Tulsa 66ers USA
Lynford Brown 193-G/F-84 Runnin' R. Jamaica
Terrell Christie 193-G-83 Geneva USA
Javon Bailey 183-G-88 Urban K. Jamaica

Sam Vincent Head Coach Leones SD Dominican Republic
Richard Polack Assistant


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U20: Montenegro edge Latvia to claim 7th place in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Latvia U20 85:76

Montenegrin U20 National Team finished European Championship on a high note. They toppled Latvia to claim the seventh overall position in the standings. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another solid game for Montenegro as he came up with 26 points and 13 boards.
The lead changed hands for several times before Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 9:2 run to post a 21:13 lead. Montenegro opened the second term with five points in a row to open up a double-digit lead. Latvia cut the deficit to 7 points midway through the period another strong quarter finish from the Balkan team allowed them to record a 45:26 halftime lead. Montenegro boosted the gap to 20 points in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by 21 points 67:46. Latvia erupted for 30 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) accounted for 16 points, while Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) finished with 13 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 23 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 26+13 boards, Milutin Dukanovic 16, Marco Todorovic 13
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 23, Martins Meiers 17



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Mike is back ! - by John Khoury
Nation Team head Coach Ghassan Sarkis Invited Veteran Center Michael Southall (210-C-82, college: La-Lafayette) into try outs five days ago.
Mike arrived to lebanon early Tuesday and joined the first practice on that same day, But couldn't train due to sickness and fatigue.
Southall had his first full practice last night, and is expected to play in tonight's Game, where the Lebanese NT is in deep need for a win.

Coach ghassan reported his satisfaction from mike's first practice, while the players indicated a very good level from Mike.

Best of Luck for our Cedars....
Welcome to Lebanon Mike !


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U20: Lithuania save Division A spot with win over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Austria U20 78:62

Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Austria joined Croatia on their way to Division B.
Lithuania showed their ambitions with a 17:0 run midway through the opening quarter. They cleared off to a 28:11 lead at the first break. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Dambrauskas boosted the margin to 21-point early in the second term. But Austria did not surrender as they cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime 31:44. Lithuania kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third quarter. They posted a 60:45 lead with one quarter remaining. The Baltic team used a 7:0 rally midway through the fourth period to establish a 69:48 lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) scored 13 points, while Dovydas Redikas contributed 11 points for Lithuania. Anton Maresch (192-G-91) responded with 18 points for Austria. Lukas Linzer (191-G-91) netted 10 points in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Giedrius Staniulis 17+18 boards, Darius Tarvydas 13, Dovydas Redikas 11
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 18, Lukas Linzer 10



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  MOLDOVA   


Moldova U18 finished third in Division C - by Eurobasket News
Moldova U18 finished third in Division C with 2-2 record. Last night Moldova U18 beat Andorra U18 74:63 to finish third with 2-2 record. Solopa paced all the winners with 15 points and Beloborodov scored 14. Brighach Abaslama ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
Day 3 of the U18 European Championship Men Division C saw a thriller between Wales and Moldova at the Arena Domus. Wales grabbed 74:72 victory to remain undefeated. Moldova started with 23-20 and added massive 20-13 in the second period. Moreover after 18-15 in the third frame they enjoyed 61:48 lead after Vladislav Solopa (F-95) and Rothwell shots. The last quarter however belonged to Wales that erupted with 26-11 to win the game. Jacob Lloyd (185-G-94) and Trotman delivered the last points for the winners. Jacob Lloyd top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Khan posted 16. Vladislav Solopa replied with 23 points in defeat and Daniel Marcenco (197-C-93) collected 18 points and 16 rebounds.
In Day 2Moldova U18 improved to 1-1 record beating Gibraltar 73:31. Moldova started with 20-4 and added 18-12 in the second period. Another two victories in the second half allowed them to lead to the first victory at the U18 European Championship 2011. Vladislav Solopa paced all the winners with 15 points and Daniel Marcenco collected 11 points and 10 boards. Sawyer ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
San Marino hot shooter Julian Gualtieri was voted the tournament MVP and is therefore invited by FIBA Europe to the U18 All Star Game at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.Sumiullah Khan and Jacob David Lloyd of Wales along with Vladislav Solopa and Daniel Marcenco of Moldova join Gualiteri in the All-Tournament Team.



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U18: Netherlands beat Montenegro to tie the records at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Montenegro U18 62:57

Netherlands beat Montenegro to tie the records at 1-1 in Group B of Division B. The Dutch side opened their winning account at the U18 European Championship after 62:57 on Saturday over Montenegro.
Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) brought the first four points for the winners and Mike Schilder (183-PG-94) scored for 14:6. Montenegro replied with 10-0 run to take 16:14 and had 21:18 at the end of the first period. Kok tied the game early in the third and Mike Schilder brought Netherlands 29:28. After 14-14 in the frame Montenegro still enjoyed 3-point deficit at the halftime. The latter led in the third period until the very end when Bleeker scored for 49:48 and Kasalica closed the period at 49:49. With 13-8 in the last period the Dutch side grabbed the first victory in Varna and will face Austria tomorrow at the end of the group stage.
Mike Schilder poured in 13 points for the winners and Kasper Averink chipped in 12. Milos Pajovic (204-C-94) posted 17 points in the losing effort and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) netted 10.

Netherlands U18: Mike Schilder 13, Kasper Averink 12
Montenegro U18: Milos Pajovic 17, Vukota Pavic 10



U20: Montenegro edge Latvia to claim 7th place in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Latvia U20 85:76

Montenegrin U20 National Team finished European Championship on a high note. They toppled Latvia to claim the seventh overall position in the standings. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had another solid game for Montenegro as he came up with 26 points and 13 boards.
The lead changed hands for several times before Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 9:2 run to post a 21:13 lead. Montenegro opened the second term with five points in a row to open up a double-digit lead. Latvia cut the deficit to 7 points midway through the period another strong quarter finish from the Balkan team allowed them to record a 45:26 halftime lead. Montenegro boosted the gap to 20 points in the third quarter. They arrived at the final break leading by 21 points 67:46. Latvia erupted for 30 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Milutin Dukanovic (190-PG-91) accounted for 16 points, while Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) finished with 13 points in the victory. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) answered with 23 points for Latvia. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 26+13 boards, Milutin Dukanovic 16, Marco Todorovic 13
Latvia U20: Arturs Bricis 23, Martins Meiers 17



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  NBA   


Smart All-Stars edge PBA All-Stars in Ultimate All-Star Weekend opener - by Eurobasket News
Smart All-Stars - PBA All-Stars 131:105

NBA selection opened their Ultimate All-Star Weekend in Manila in style. They fired past PBA All-Stars in front of a sell-out crowd the Araneta Coliseum. Javale McGee (7'0''-F-88, college: Nevada) stepped up with 25 points to lead the visitors during an exciting performance.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. They exchanged the baskets before Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Illinois) drained consecutive triples to boost the margin to 12 points. Smart All-Stars established a 66:50 halftime lead. NBA selection took over in the third quarter. They enlarged their lead to as many as 29 points 107:78. They cruised to the victory at the end bringing much anticipated high-flying game to all the audience. Kevin Durant stepped up with 22 points, while Deron Williams had 19 for Smart All-Stars. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) notched 17 points, while James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) contributed 16 points in the victory. Arwind Santos (6'4''-F-81) answered with 25 points for PBA All-Stars. Alex Cabagnot (6'0''-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marc Pingris (6'5''-C-81) delivered 9 points each in the loss.
NBA All-Stars will now take on Smart Gilas tonight.

Smart All-Stars: Javale McGee 25, Kevin Durant 22, Deron Williams 19
PBA All-Stars: Arwind Santos 25, Alex Cabagnot 9, Marc Pingris 9



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  NCAA1   


World Military Championship: USA beat South Korea to celebrate Bronze - by Eurobasket News
USA - South Korea 84:83

USA clinched Bronze medals at the World Military Championship. They snatched victory against South Korea to step onto the pedestal. Matthew McCraw (6'3''-G-84) scored 34 points to lead the charge.
USA pulled in front late in the opening quarter. They posted a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. USA maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They secured a 45:38 halftime advantage. USA stretched the margin to double-figures midway through the third quarter. But South Korea cut the deficit to just four points with one quarter remaining 60:64. The Asian team denied the deficit in the fourth period. They stepped in front 83:82 with just seconds remaining in regulation. But the United States team managed to steal a valuable win at the end. Paul Nelson (5'10''-PG-86) connected for 23 points, while Kevin Clark (6'7''-F-87) added 9 points in the victory. Ham Ji-Hoon (6'6''-C/F-84) responded with 25 points for South Korea. Kim Yeong-Hwan (6'5''-F-84) produced 18 points in the loss.

USA: Matthew McCraw 34, Paul Nelson 23, Kevin Clark 9
South Korea: Ham Ji-Hoon 25, Kim Yeong-Hwan 18



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  NORWAY   


U20: F.Y.R. of Macedonia beat Norway for 19th place in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20-Norway U20 97:96

F.Y.R. of Macedonia beat Norway for 19th place in Sarajevo at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams finished their campaign in the first day of the final day.
Both teams decided to finish the tournament on a high note and did not pay too much attention to defense. As a result they scored 62 points in the first ten minutes as F.Y.R. of Macedonia took 34:28 lead. Goran Markovski (193-G-92) scored for 37:30 and Apostolov brought 41:33. After another 31-24 in the second frame the winners had 65:52 lead. They however slowed down in the second half and allowed the team from Norway to reduce the gap. Lundestad cut it to 84:77 at the end of the third period and Magnus Engen (188-G/F-91) brought 94:93 with 3 minutes to go. Gajdadjiev nailed three for 97:93, while Lundestad reduced to 97:96. It became the final result of the game as both teams could not score in the last minutes of the campaign.
Goran Markovski paced all the winners with 29 points and Stojan Gjuroski (201-F-91) notched 22. Lazar Petrov (209-C-91) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Dzaner Osman (194-F/G-91) netted 18.

F.Y.R. of Macedonia U20: Goran Markovski 29, Stojan Gjuroski 22, Lazar Petrov 19+13 rebs, Dzaner Osman 18
Norway U20: Stian Berg (187-PG-91) 27, Karamo Jawara (200-F-91) 19, Magnus Engen 15, Atle Ndiaye (193-F-92) 14



U18: Slovak Republic is the first to reach the third victory in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18-Slovak Republic U18 66:99

Slovak Republic is the first to reach the third victory in Varna as they dominate Group D. Slovak Republic won over Norway 99:66 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway dropped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the group.
Slovak Republic went on a lead from the very beginning and proved their ambitions for the top places. Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) scored for 16:5 and Viktor Juricek (208-C-93) brought 25:7. The latter also became the last to score in the first period for 29:14. Zambor made 5 points in a row for 33:15, while Matejcik scored for 39:19. Slovak Republic won the second period 18-13 and had 47:27 at the halftime. Another victories in the second half allowed them to control the entire game. They produced 22-17 in the third quarter and had 30-22 in the last frame. Hrabcak tried to bring three digits victory for the winners, bit did not mind to celebrate 99:66 win.
Boris Bojanovsky stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) erupted with 22 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) nailed 34 points in the losing effort, while Lars Harto (198-F-93) scored 11.

Norway U18: Chris Ndow 34, Lars Harto 11
Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 25+10 rebs, Simon Krajcovic 22+10 ast+8 rebs, Viktor Juricek 12




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  PHILIPPINES   


Smart All-Stars edge PBA All-Stars in Ultimate All-Star Weekend opener - by Eurobasket News
Smart All-Stars - PBA All-Stars 131:105

NBA selection opened their Ultimate All-Star Weekend in Manila in style. They fired past PBA All-Stars in front of a sell-out crowd the Araneta Coliseum. Javale McGee (7'0''-F-88, college: Nevada) stepped up with 25 points to lead the visitors during an exciting performance.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. They exchanged the baskets before Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Illinois) drained consecutive triples to boost the margin to 12 points. Smart All-Stars established a 66:50 halftime lead. NBA selection took over in the third quarter. They enlarged their lead to as many as 29 points 107:78. They cruised to the victory at the end bringing much anticipated high-flying game to all the audience. Kevin Durant stepped up with 22 points, while Deron Williams had 19 for Smart All-Stars. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) notched 17 points, while James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) contributed 16 points in the victory. Arwind Santos (6'4''-F-81) answered with 25 points for PBA All-Stars. Alex Cabagnot (6'0''-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marc Pingris (6'5''-C-81) delivered 9 points each in the loss.
NBA All-Stars will now take on Smart Gilas tonight.

Smart All-Stars: Javale McGee 25, Kevin Durant 22, Deron Williams 19
PBA All-Stars: Arwind Santos 25, Alex Cabagnot 9, Marc Pingris 9



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  POLAND   


Slovenia defeat Poland in Primus Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Poland 69:54

Slovenia opened Primus Cup tournament with victory. They outscored Poland in Ptuj yesterday. Slovenia will take on FYR Macedonia tonight. Poland will play against FYR Macedonia on Monday.
The visitors ensured a slightly better start to the game. They recorded a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia adjusted defensively in the second period. They went on a 9:2 run midway through the period to surge ahead. Slovenia secured a 36:33 lead at halftime. The hosts boosted the gap to 6 points midway through the third term. Slovenia arrived at the final break leading by six point 50:44. The home team tipped off the final frame with six points in a row to clear off. Poland came up with only 10 points in the fourth period allowing Slovenia to rally to the victory. Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) stepped up with 18 points to pace the hosts. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) added 10 points, while Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80) and Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) provided 8 points each in the win. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) answered with 13 points for Poland. Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) delivered 10 points in defeat.

Slovenia: Goran Dragic 18, Zoran Dragic 10, Bostjan Nachbar 8, Uros Slokar 8
Poland: Piotr Pamula 13, Adam Lapeta 10



U20: The ninth place in Sarajevo belonged to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20-Finland U20 60:57

The ninth place in Sarajevo belonged to Poland as they outscored Finland at the last game of the U20 European Championship. Poland edged the Scandinavian team 60:57 mostly due to the third quarter.
Four quarters in the game were different in the scenario. Both teams won two each and it became productive more for Poland. They started with 21-10 as Michal Sokolowski (196-G-92) was the last to post in the frame. Finland produced a 17-12 in the second quarter and reduced to 33:27 at the halftime. The third quarter became the nightmare for the Finnish team as they scored only 3 points. Poland scored 14 points and Wyka closed the third period at 47:30. Finland did not give and a massive run allowed them to come back to 56:55 lead as Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) made a shot from the perimeter. Poland however needed the last push for the final success.
Michal Sokolowski and Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 12 points each, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91, agency: Promotex) and Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) added 10 apiece. Carl Lindbom replied with 16 points in defeat and Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) scored 11.

Poland U20: Michal Sokolowski 12+12 rebs, Wojciech Fras 12, Sebastian Szymanski 10, Jakub Parzenski 10+12 rebs
Finland U20: Carl Lindbom 16, Villematti Kopio 11




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  PORTUGAL   


U18: Portugal overcame England in Day 4 in Division B of the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U18-England U18 74:66

Portugal overcame England in Day 4 in Division B of the European Championship. The Portuguese team edged England 74:66 for the initial victory, while England dropped at 1-3 record.
England won the opening quarter 21:18 as Esprit closed the first 10 minutes in the game. Trailing 18:26, Portugal created a massive run for 28:28 and then grabbed 40:32. Esprit reduced to 42:39 at the halftime as England won the second period 24-18. The later tied the game in the middle of the third but Portugal took the lead back. Graham tipped in Esprit's miss making it 68:57 and force a Portugal timeout and further scores from Batish and Esprit saw England down by just six going into the final three minutes of the game. Ventura's free throws made it an eight point game with just under two minutes remaining, before Wilson cut Portugal's lead to 70:66. Ventura made the last four free throws at the end for the final success.
Ventura top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Callenbach netted 13. Grosso and Miranda ended up with 9 points each in the winning effort. Thomas-Edwards posted 16 in defeat and Esprit had 14.



Portugal U18: Ventura 22, Callenbach 13, Grosso 9, Miranda 9
England U18: Thomas-Edwards 16, Esprit 14


Portugal edge Angola in Guimaraes - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Angola 65:56

Portugal registered the second consecutive win at the Guimaraes international friendly tournament. They held off Angola to stay on top of the ladder. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) came up with 15 points to lead the effort. Angola slipped at 1-1 record after the loss.
Portugal turned on aggressive defence right from the start. They limited Angola to just 7 points in the first period posting an 11:7 lead. The teams traded baskets in the second frame. The hosts managed to secure a 4-point lead at halftime 28:24. Portugal were able to keep Angola at bay throughout the third stanza. The home team piled up a 7-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal did not slow down in the final stanza and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Filipe Da Silva (185-F-86) nailed 12 points, while Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) contributed 9 points in the victory. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) answered with 17 points for Angola. Milton Barros (184-G-84) delivered 8 points in defeat.

Portugal: Antonio Tavares 15, Filipe Da Silva 12, Miguel Miranda 9
Angola: Carlos Morais 17, Milton Barros 8



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  ROMANIA   


Iran overcome Romania for first win Guimaraes - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Romania 76:66

Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) scored 27 points to lead Iran past Romania on the second day of action at Guimaraes international friendly tournament. Iran improved at 1-1 record, while Romania fell at 0-2 after the game.
Romania dominated in the first half. The European side posted a 23:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Romania stayed in front throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 43:38 halftime lead. But Iran picked up the slack in the second half. They limited Romania to just 12 points in the third quarter to post narrow the deficit to a single point 54:55. The final term belonged to Iran. They outgunned Romania 22:11 to rally to a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoost (212-C-86) had 19 points and 11 boards for Iran. Jonas Lalehzadeh (195-G) added 8 points in the victory. Vlad Moldoveanu (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) answered with 19 points for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) and Laszlo Lazar (210-F/C-87) netted 12 points each in defeat.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 27, Asghar Kardoost 19+11 boards, Jonas Lalehzadeh 8
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 19, Titus Nicoara 12, Laszlo Lazar 12



U18: Romania became the leader of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Romania U18 52:64

Romania became the leader of Group C of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team grabbed 2-0 record after 64:52 win over Austria that lost their second consecutive game.
Bas and Luka Gvozden (182-PG-93) gave Austria the only leads in the start of the game, while Romania dominated the rest of the encounter. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) made two free throws at the end of the first period for 26:10 and Romania continued their dominance in the second quarter. Paun and Stoicoviciu brought 32:14 and Ioan Filip scored for 35:16. Stoicoviciu also sent the teams to the lockers for 37:18 as Romania won the second frame 11-8. Austria started to play better in the second half and won both periods. After 20-17 in the third period Kolb reduced to 54:38 at the end of the third. Another 14-10 in the last quarter brought the Austrian side 12-points margin that they could not overcome.
Horia Cristiean (183-PG-93) led the way with 16 points, while Alexandru Olah (209-C-93) collected 15 points and 18 rebounds. Ioan Filip followed them with 11 points and 17 rebounds in the winning effort. Luka Gvozden notched 13 in defeat and Gregor Wilk (178-G-93) had 9 points.

Austria U18: Luka Gvozden 13, Gregor Wilk 9
Romania U18: Horia Cristiean 16, Alexandru Olah 15+18 rebs, Ioan Filip 11+17 rebs



U20: Romania clinched 15th place in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20-Romania U20 77:85

Romania clinched 15th place in Sarajevo as they edged Netherlands in their last game of the competition. Romania side needed 85:77 win to finish one step higher then the Dutch side.
Romania scored the first five points in the game and Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) brought 15:6. Chirof scored for 22:11 and Bogdan Tibirna closed the first frame at 31:17. Netherlands scored the same number of points in the second period as well and it was not actually to reduce the gap as Romania finished only with 15. Bogdan Tibirna sent the teams to the lockers at 46:34 and Diede Denous Wieten (208-C-92) later cut it to 57:51. Ciprian Telinoiu (183-PG-91) however nailed three to post 64:55 on the board after thirty minutes. Romania stayed in front for the whole time and allowed the Dutch team to come closer to 8 points.
Bogdan Tibirna paced all the winners with 22 points and Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) notched 16. Chirof netted 13, while Ciprian Telinoiu delivered 12. Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) ended up with 20 points and Leon Williams (183-PG-91) scored 18.

Netherlands U20: Dimeo Van Der Horst 20, Leon Williams 18, Diede Denous Wieten 10
Romania U20: Bogdan Tibirna 22, Vlad Corpodean 16, Chirof 13, Ciprian Telinoiu 12




U20: Portugal edged the hosts for the 5th place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20-Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 71:67

Portugal edged the hosts for the 5th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Both teams struggled hard for the higher place while Portugal grabbed the fifth with 71:67 victory.
Although it was just a game for the 5th-6th place, both teams looked great in the court. Bosnia and Herzegovina grabbed the minimum lead in the opening quarter and had 13:12 after the firth 10 minutes. In the second frame Portugal stayed in front for the majority of time and enjoyed 32:27 halftime advantage. After 19-19 in the third quarter Portugal kept 5-point deficit entering the last stanza. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) reduced to 67:65 with less than a minute to go and Ivic scored for 70:67 with 3 seconds in the game. Unfortunately for the hosts Cardoso made two free throws and Halilovic missed a shot from the long distance with the buzzer.
Carlos Ferreirinho (200-F/G-91) stepped up with 19 points and Miguel Queiroz (202-C/F-91) notched 16. Cardoso and Rafael Wildner (207-C/F-92) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Mirza Bulic answered with 24 points for Bosnia and Mirza Bulic added 9.

Portugal U20: Carlos Ferreirinho 19, Miguel Queiroz 16, Cardoso 10, Rafael Wildner 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina U20: Mirza Bulic 24, Mirza Bulic 9



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  RUSSIA   


U20: France knock down Russia to claim Bronze medals in Spain - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Russia U20 66:50

France stepped onto the pedestal at U20 European Championship in Spain. They fired past Russia in the consolation final tonight. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
France opened the game with eight points in a row. They stayed in charge posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Toupane and Mendy stretched the gap to 15 points early in the second quarter. France kept Russia at bay rolling to a 39:21 halftime advantage. Russia could not get closer than 14 points throughout the third term. Les Bleus entered the final period up by 16 points 50:34. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) scored four consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to drag Russia within 12 points but Evan Fournier came up with 12 points in the frame to lead France to the victory. Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) secured 11 points, while Mael Lebrun (198-F-91) contributed 7 points in the win. Nikita Balashov (206-F-91) replied with 15 points for Russia. Pavel Antipov finished with 8 points in defeat.

France U20: Evan Fournier 20, Leo Westermann 11, Mael Lebrun 7
Russia U20: Nikita Balashov 15, Pavel Antipov 8



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  SERBIA   


U20: Serbia finish European Championship with sixth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Croatia U20 81:63

Serbia wrapped up their European Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Croatia to improve at 6-0 record in Group G. Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to pace the winners. Croatia fell at 1-5 record and said bye to Division A.
Serbia dominated right from the start. They outscored Croatia 23:10 in the first period. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 44:30 halftime advantage. Serbia opened the second half on a 6:2 run to take an 18-point advantage. They kept Croatia at bay rallying to a 66:48 lead at the final intermission. Serbia never looked back in the fourth period and drove to a comfortable win at the end. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points, while Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 9 points in the win. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) answered with 19 points for Croatia. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) notched 9 points in the loss.

Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 15, Branislav Djekic 10, Nemanja Jaramaz 9
Croatia U20: Domagoj Bubalo 19, Ivan Mikulic 9



Darko Cohadarevic pens with Zlatorog Lasko - by Nenad Ilijev
Forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Texas Tech) will be wearing Zlatorog Lasko jersey in upcoming season. Former Texas Tech student signed with ambitious Zlatorog team which will be coached by Rado Trifunovic while Miljan Goljovic is working as Sports director of the team. After successful college career Cohadarevic worked out with Radnicki Kragujevac and Prokom Trefl before he finally settled with AEK Athens last season. Talented forward averaged 8.5ppg and 3.8rpg in his rookie season playing with Greek outfit and he would definitely make big impact on Zlatorog performances next year.

Before transfering to Texas Tech in 2008, Darko Cohadarevic played JUCO at Seward County CC making NJCAA All-Tournament team.


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U18: Slovak Republic is the first to reach the third victory in Varna - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18-Slovak Republic U18 66:99

Slovak Republic is the first to reach the third victory in Varna as they dominate Group D. Slovak Republic won over Norway 99:66 at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Norway dropped to 0-2 record at the bottom of the group.
Slovak Republic went on a lead from the very beginning and proved their ambitions for the top places. Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93) scored for 16:5 and Viktor Juricek (208-C-93) brought 25:7. The latter also became the last to score in the first period for 29:14. Zambor made 5 points in a row for 33:15, while Matejcik scored for 39:19. Slovak Republic won the second period 18-13 and had 47:27 at the halftime. Another victories in the second half allowed them to control the entire game. They produced 22-17 in the third quarter and had 30-22 in the last frame. Hrabcak tried to bring three digits victory for the winners, bit did not mind to celebrate 99:66 win.
Boris Bojanovsky stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon Krajcovic (185-G-94, agency: FCM) erupted with 22 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Chris Ndow (195-F/G-93) nailed 34 points in the losing effort, while Lars Harto (198-F-93) scored 11.

Norway U18: Chris Ndow 34, Lars Harto 11
Slovak Republic U18: Boris Bojanovsky 25+10 rebs, Simon Krajcovic 22+10 ast+8 rebs, Viktor Juricek 12




U20: Israel clinched the 10th spot in Division B, Slovakia finished the step lower - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Slovak Republic U20 88:53

Israel clinched the 10th spot in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Slovak Republic 88:53 for the higher position in Sarajevo.
Israel went on an early lead and enjoyed 4-0 run. Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored a far shot for 13:3 and Tom Havkin (202-F-91, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored for 18:8. Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) and Tishman exchanged the baskets in the end of the first period for 22:10 and Blayzer nailed for 26:16. Slovak Republic managed to win the second frame 19-17 as Fulka's last four points sent the teams to the big break at 39:29. The third quarter answered all the questions about the winner. Israel erupted with 27-9 for 66:38 lead after thirty minutes. After 22-15 in the last stanza Israel increased to 35 points advantage at the very end.
Bar Timor poured in 22 points to lead the charge and Carmel Bouchman (206-F/C-91, college: Temple) netted 15. Tom Havkin and Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) followed them with 14 points each. Richard Grznar delivered 19 points in defeat and Robert Becarik (183-PG-91) scored 15.

Israel U20: Bar Timor 22, Carmel Bouchman 15, Tom Havkin 14, Guy Lavie 14
Slovak Republic U20: Richard Grznar 19, Robert Becarik 15




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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia beat FYROM, Maljkovic cut Vujasinovic and Blazic - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia recorded an 83-71 win over FYR of Macedonia at Kidricevo in their second warm-up match and own Primus Cup. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 20 points on shooting 10-of-13 from the field and Jaka Lakovic and Matjaz Smodis added 13 points each. Slovenian coach Bozidar Majlkovic already cut two players from the preliminary roster. Danijel Vujasinovic (180-G-89) Zlatorog and Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) of Slovan didn't make the 2011 Eurobasket roster.
SLOVENIA 83 (26+14+24+18): Lapornik, Lakovic 13, Smodis 13, Udrih 2, Nachbar 2, G.Dragic 3, Jagodnik 9, Begic 2, Lorbek 20, Ozbolt 7, Z.Dragic 5, Slokar 7.
F.Y.R of MACEDONIA 71 (16+23+18+14): Mirakovski 3, Ilievski 13, Sokolov 3, Stefanov 3, V.Stojanoski 3, D.Stojanoski 3, Kostoski DNP, Goceski DNP, Antic 24, Nikolovski 3, Cekovski 8, Samardziski 8.



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World Military Championship: USA beat South Korea to celebrate Bronze - by Eurobasket News
USA - South Korea 84:83

USA clinched Bronze medals at the World Military Championship. They snatched victory against South Korea to step onto the pedestal. Matthew McCraw (6'3''-G-84) scored 34 points to lead the charge.
USA pulled in front late in the opening quarter. They posted a 24:18 lead after ten minutes of action. USA maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They secured a 45:38 halftime advantage. USA stretched the margin to double-figures midway through the third quarter. But South Korea cut the deficit to just four points with one quarter remaining 60:64. The Asian team denied the deficit in the fourth period. They stepped in front 83:82 with just seconds remaining in regulation. But the United States team managed to steal a valuable win at the end. Paul Nelson (5'10''-PG-86) connected for 23 points, while Kevin Clark (6'7''-F-87) added 9 points in the victory. Ham Ji-Hoon (6'6''-C/F-84) responded with 25 points for South Korea. Kim Yeong-Hwan (6'5''-F-84) produced 18 points in the loss.

USA: Matthew McCraw 34, Paul Nelson 23, Kevin Clark 9
South Korea: Ham Ji-Hoon 25, Kim Yeong-Hwan 18



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  SPAIN   


U20: Spain better Italy for the trophy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 82:70

Spain triumphed at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao. The hosts prevailed against Italy in the Final. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Spain to the crown. He became undisputable MVP of the tournament.
Spain grabbed a 6:2 lead early in the encounter but Italy soon erased the deficit. Andrea de Nicolao and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) made it 13:8 for Italy late in the opening quarter. Spain however regained the lead 17:16 at the first break. Nikola Mirotic stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter. He unloaded 11 points in the stanza as Spain cleared off to a 42:35 halftime lead. Jodar and Tomas drained three-pointers early in the third stanza as Spain grabbed a 50:40 advantage. Spain ensured a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter remaining 68:55. The home team tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row to enlarge the lead. Andrea de Nicolao scored 7 points in a 9:0 surge from Italy as the Azzurri cut the distance to 8 points 64:72. But Nikola Mirotic and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) went perfect from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain sealed the victory. Josep Franch contributed 19 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Alejandro Barrera (199-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) responded with 17 points for Italy. Alessandro Gentile provided 14 points in the loss.

Spain U20: Nikola Mirotic 29+11 boards, Josep Franch 19, Alejandro Barrera 10
Italy U20: Riccardo Moraschini 17, Alessandro Gentile 14



UCAM Murcia add Robert Kurz - by Eurobasket News
Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) is coming back to Spain. The 26-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with UCAM Murcia. Robert Kurz started the previous season with CB Granada. He posted 13.9 points, 9.1 boards, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in ACB. In January the forward moved to Artland Dragons. His stats read 7.4 points and 6.6 boards per game in Germany. Eurobasket.com named Robert Kurz into Spanish ACB All-Imports Team. Robert Kurz played in D-League and NBA before moving to Spain. He was named into USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team in 2010. The forward participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010.


Nikola Rakocevic joins Navarra - by Eurobasket News
Navarra continued to bolster their roster for the upcoming season. They agreed on terms of contract with Nikola Rakocevic (192-G-91). The 20-year-old guard started the previous season in CAI Zaragoza. He appeared in just one ACB game and played mostly for Monte Ducay Olivar in EBA. The guard notched 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Previously Nikola Rakocevic played for Real Madrid junior team and Majadahonda Spartans.


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U18: Jesper Eliasson paced the Scandinavian side over Israel in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Israel U18 85:80 OT

Jesper Jesper Eliasson (201-F-94) paced the Scandinavian side over Israel for the second win in Varna. Sweden won over Israel 85:80 at the U18 European Championship in Division B for 2-1 record in Group D, while Israel suffered the first loss.
Both teams started strong and totaled 50 points in the first period. Israel grabbed 30:20 as Koulechov and Or Solomon (196-F-93) nailed threes to close the frame. When Or Solomon made it 51:31 it seemed Israel would benefit from the game. Sweden however did not give up and won the game. They erupted with 21-12 in the third period to reduce to 66:56 after thirty minutes. Andersson scored for 71:62 and Tobias Borg (183-PG-93) reduced to 73:69. Jonathan Person (190-PG-93, agency: JEMsports) and Tobias Borg again tied the game at 73:73 entering the overtime. Noam Laish (195-G/F-93) nailed two threes for Israel in the start of it, but again it was not enough against Sweden. Jesper Eliasson, Tobias Borg and Jonathan Person made sure the Scandinavian team won the game scoring the last points.
Jesper Eliasson stepped up with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while Jonathan Person had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Tobias Borg posted 16, while Andersson netted 13. Noam Laish ended up with 23 points in defeat, while Or Solomon and Rafael Menco (198-F-94) posted 14 each.

Sweden U18: Jesper Eliasson 25+15 rebs, Jonathan Person 19+8 rebs, Tobias Borg 16, Andersson 13
Israel U18: Noam Laish 23, Or Solomon 14, Rafael Menco 14



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  TURKEY   


U20: Germany edge Turkey to occupy fifth place in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Turkey U20 60:49

Germany claimed the fifth place at the U20 European Championship. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey. Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) stepped up with 20 points, 5 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. They maintained the lead and rallied to a 17:11 advantage at the first break. But Turkey answered with a 10:0 run early in the second term to surge ahead. The teams stayed close throughout the reminder of the half but Germany managed to eke out a 27:24 halftime lead. The lead changed hands throughout the third period. Niels Giffey capped the quarter with four points in a row as Germany pulled ahead 41:38. Germany used a 7:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 50:41 lead. Soon Niels Giffey and Daniel Theis (207-C-92) boosted the lead to 11 points and Germany never looked back afterwards. Daniel Theis finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Mathis Monninghoff (200-F/G-92) added 9 points in the victory. Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points for Turkey. Pertev Onguner (196-G-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Germany U20: Niels Giffey 20, Daniel Theis 12, Mathis Monninghoff 9
Turkey U20: Sertac Sanli 18, Pertev Onguner 9



Aliaga Petkim tab Paul Miller - by Eurobasket News
Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) will continue his career in Turkey. The 28-year-old centre signed contract with Aliaga Petkim. Paul Miller played for Anwil last season. The centre posted 13.5 points and 5.2 boards per EuroCup game. In PLK Paul Miller produced 12.0 points, 6.6 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Triumph, Anwil, Polonia Warszawa, Bremerhaven, Daegu Orions and Polpak Swiecie.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jazz's Bell won't play for Virgin Islands in Caribbean Championship - by David Edole
Jazz guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) is listed on the Virgin Islands' roster for the 2011 Caribbean Championship. Bell said Saturday that he won't play in the tournament, though, and Virgin Islands Basketball Federation President Usie Richards confirmed Bell's decision not to participate.

'That is correct,' Richards said Sunday. 'He was scheduled to play but will not be participating in the CBC Championships in the Bahamas, but it was [too] late to add a replacement player.'

The tournament is scheduled from July 23 to Aug. 7 in Nassau, Bahamas. Virgin Islands opens play Sunday with a contest against Antigua.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz

bsmith@sltrib.com




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Ukrainian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Pavlo Burenko
Burenko
Ruslan Otverchenko
Otverchenko
Bogdan Bayda
Bayda
Stanislav Tymofeyenko
Tymofeyenko
Maksym Kornienko
Kornienko
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4 Pavlo Burenko 188-G-90 BC Kyiv Ukraine
5 Artem Slipenchuk 192-G-89 Kryvbasbasket Ukraine
6 Ruslan Otverchenko 192-G/F-90 BC Kyiv Ukraine
7 Olexiy Shchepkin 192-G-89 Dnipro Ukraine
8 Bogdan Bayda 193-G-89 Azovmash Ukraine
9 Stanislav Tymofeyenko 204-F-89 Dnipro Ukraine
10 Ivan Bilytske 194-G/F-89 Dnipro Ukraine
11 Dmytro Khodov 203-F-87 Halychyna Ukraine
12 Costiantine Glazyrin 201-F-88 Dnipro Ukraine
13 Maksym Kornienko 205-F/C-87 Dnipro Ukraine
14 Olexandr Tischenko 204-C-89 BC Kyiv Ukraine
15 Igor Zaytsev 201-F-90 Dnipro Ukraine

Vitaliy Cherniy Head Coach BC Kyiv Ukraine


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Wales wins Division C title in Serravalle - by Eurobasket News
Wales wins Division C title in Serravalle as they won all four games of the tournament. The team needed the final 65:60 win to edged San Marino that finished second with 3-1 record. Wales started with 19-15, but the hosts of the campaign bounced back with 20-12 in the second period for 35:31 halftime advantage. Sumiullah Khan (175-G-94) nailed two threes for 37:37 in the start of the third period, but San Marino won the period to take 48:44 after three quarters. Andrews tied the game at 48:48 and Rothwell scored for 61:57. Jacob Lloyd (185-G-94) was the last to score in the campaign for the final success. Sumiullah Khan erupted with 17 points and Andrews collected 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Gualtieri replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
Moldova U18 beat Andorra U18 74:63 to finish third with 2-2 record. Vladislav Solopa (F-95) paced all the winners with 15 points and Gleb Beloborodov (G-94) scored 14. Brighach Abaslama ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
San Marino hot shooter Julian Gualtieri was voted the tournament MVP and is therefore invited by FIBA Europe to the U18 All Star Game at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.Sumiullah Khan and Jacob Lloyd of Wales along with Vladislav Solopa and Daniel Marcenco (197-C-93) of Moldova join Gualiteri in the All-Tournament Team.




U20: Great Britain is 13th in Bosnia, Iceland drops at 14th - by Eurobasket News
Iceland U20-Great Britain U20 71:83

Great Britain is 13th in Bosnia winning another game at the U20 European Championship campaign. Great Britain won over Iceland 83:71 as both squads will head home tomorrow.
Both teams met each other few days ago at the Classification Stage and at that time England proved their ambitions. The latter knew well how to dominate the court and started with 8:2. Thoseby brought 16:9, while Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91) became the last to post in the first frame at 18:13. In the second frame the United Kingdom team continued to lead the game and Alex Marcotullio brought 40:25. Van Oostrum Devon delivered two for 44:27 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The third quarter however belonged to Iceland that produced 24-10 and reduced to 54:51 after third period. Tomas Tomasson (190-G-91) scored for 57:53 but Iceland failed to catch up with the opponents. Great Britain had 29-20 in the last 10 minutes to win the game.
Alex Marcotullio erupted with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Van Oostrum Devon collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) notched 21 points in defeat and Tomas Tomasson posted 17.

Iceland U20: Aegir Steinarsson 21, Tomas Tomasson 17
Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 24+11 rebs, Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) 21+10 rebs



U18: Portugal overcame England in Day 4 in Division B of the European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U18-England U18 74:66

Portugal overcame England in Day 4 in Division B of the European Championship. The Portuguese team edged England 74:66 for the initial victory, while England dropped at 1-3 record.
England won the opening quarter 21:18 as Esprit closed the first 10 minutes in the game. Trailing 18:26, Portugal created a massive run for 28:28 and then grabbed 40:32. Esprit reduced to 42:39 at the halftime as England won the second period 24-18. The later tied the game in the middle of the third but Portugal took the lead back. Graham tipped in Esprit's miss making it 68:57 and force a Portugal timeout and further scores from Batish and Esprit saw England down by just six going into the final three minutes of the game. Ventura's free throws made it an eight point game with just under two minutes remaining, before Wilson cut Portugal's lead to 70:66. Ventura made the last four free throws at the end for the final success.
Ventura top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Callenbach netted 13. Grosso and Miranda ended up with 9 points each in the winning effort. Thomas-Edwards posted 16 in defeat and Esprit had 14.



Portugal U18: Ventura 22, Callenbach 13, Grosso 9, Miranda 9
England U18: Thomas-Edwards 16, Esprit 14


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  VENEZUELA   


Greivis Vasquez joined Venezuela's Senior NT trainings - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- NBA guard Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87), who played 70 games in his first season with the Memphis Grizzlies as the reserve PG for Mike Conley (186-PG-87), landed in Venezuela and inmediately made it to the afternoon workout of Venezuela's Senior NT at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira.

Vasquez did not hesitate to start working for coach Eric Musselman and assistant coaches Brad Greenberg , Henry Paruta and Daniel Seoane a day after PF Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) and PF Windi Graterol (204-C-86), both players of Cocodrilos de Caracas, joined the training sessions a couple of days later than expected due to personal matters.

After the two-hour session, the team had dinner together and watched the Argentina 2011 Americas Cup soccer match between Venezuela and Paraguay.



Venezuela's Senior NT will play two games against Japan in Caracas - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) announced that Venezuela's Senior NT will play two friendly matches against Japan next Friday (July 29th) and Saturday (July 30th) at 7.30 pm, in preparation for the upcoming 2011 FIBA Americas Pre Olympic Tournament to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, from August 30th till September 11th.

Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Caracas will be the place for both exhibition matches, according to a press release. So far, 14 players are training at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira under the command of former NBA head coach Eric Musselman , including NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87).

The last player to arrive was PG-SG David Cubillan (183-PG-87), a former Marquette (NCAA) player who won the LPB 2011 Rookie of the Year award as member of Trotamundos de Carabobo. 'I had been playing for 13 straight months and I was tired both physically and mentally, so I took some days off and I worked out on my own, though not at the pace that I usually do, so I'm not at one hundred percent yet, but in a few days I'll get where I want to be at', said Cubillan.




Hector Romero paid a visit to his teammates, still in recovery - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80), who last played for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) before suffering a season-ending injury, paid a visit to his teammates in Venezuela's Senior NT official practice sessions, being held at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira, Vargas.

A three-hour tactical session was held in the morning, followed by an afternoon workout. Romero, who had surgery to repair his right knee, arrived and watched it, as he took the time to speak to the coaching staff led by former NBA head coach Eric Musselman .

'I'm recovering, walking up and down the stairs, doing work with weight and improving', said Romero. He also expressed that he's proud to have the chance to defend the colors of the Venezuelan flag and be part of the National Team in an international tournament. 'For now the most important thing is for me to get well and be in shape to be ready when the doctor says I can begin coming to practice'.

Doctor Juan Letizia said that after four weeks without walking by himself, Romero has responded positively to the treatments and is getting his muscle strength back. In the upcoming weeks, the former player of teams like Ramat Hasharon (Israel), LG Sakers (Korea), Polaris Murcia (Spain), AEL Larissa (Greece), Montepaschi Siena, Legea Scafati and Snaidero Udine (Italy) will continue improving with several different treatments at the same time. He could be ready to work out in 21 days.



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VTB League 2011/12 season draw - by Eurobasket News
VTB League held 2011/12 Draw in Riga today. The season will feature 18 teams divided into two groups with nine teams in each. Sixteen teams have been already drawn into the regular season groups. Two more participants will be known after the end of the VTB League Qualifying Round. The Qualifying Round will feature six teams divided into two groups with three teams in each. The round will be played in Siauliai between September 27 and October 2. Four best teams will advance into the next round to decide on the best two teams that will play in VTB League regular season.
The regular season is slated to start on October 10 and end on March 16. The winners of each group will automatically advance into Final Four. Teams that will occupy the third and fourth positions in each group will enter the eighth-final stage. The winners of the stage will take on the teams that finish second in each group to fill in two available spots in Final Four.

Here are the draw results:

Qualifying Round:
Group A: Enisey, Honka, Anwil
Group B: Krasnye Krilya, Siauliai, Dnipro

Regular Season:
Group A: Khimky, Zalgiris, Unics, Budivelnyk, Nizhny Novgorod, BC Astana, Kalev/Cramo, VEF Riga, Qualifying Round winner
Group B: CSKA, Lietuvos Rytas, Asseco Prokom, Azovmash, Spartak SP, Lokomotiv-Kuban, Minsk-2006, Nymburk, Qualifying Round winner.





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Women News

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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


ESL 2011 Atlanta Event (Day 3) Championship Game - by Darryl Reshaw
The ESL Atlanta Women's Event Championship game was the fourth game of the event at the Suwanee Sports Academy.
France and Spain were the best two teams in the event and the game was a thrilling contest that featured some future professionals.

Spain defeated France 77-74 in a very close game that featured several lead changes.
On paper Spain had a team featuring two players that has professional experience and the more talented team.
However France led by the hot shooting Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F, agency: Gamble Sports Management) and the outstanding guard play of Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) and Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) kept them in the game until the final possession.

Spain feature four players in double figures and had too many weapons for France to deal with and was just the better team.
Hannah Kador (5'9''-G) led Spain with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
She is a scorer with lots of talent and she is very aggressive offensively.
When she gets the ball in her hands she will get you points automatically.
Chasity Workman (5'9''-F) (12 pts, 4rbs) is an outstanding talent that has a smooth all around game and she is a good athlete.
Her Father is a former NBA player and she displayed her talent at the ESL event.
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) (12pts, 7rbs) is an outstanding talent that can do it all on the basketball court. She has a high basketball IQ and really can score the basketball with here dribble and slashing skills.
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC) was probably the most talented prospect at the ESL Atlanta event and played in Europe already added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
She is a skilled inside player with size, foot work and a deadly perimeter shot.
Tiana Beatty (5'8''-G-87) (9pts, 4ast, 4rbs) also was a dangerous player during the contest as she is super fast and athletic.
At times you could call her a one player fast break.
She will score in transition because she was one of the fastest athletes in the event and she finishes extremely well.
She scored some crucial baskets when France was had the momentum going their direction.
Amber Blackwell also played some tremendous defense on the talented guards from the France team and scored 5 points, 6 assists during the contest.
France was led by Brittany Wright outstanding scoring performance of 24 points.
She is a future professional player that has size, skills, basketball IQ and a deadly jump shot.
Brittany can post up and score as well has hit jumpers from all over the court consistently.
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) scored 11pts, 6rbs, 5ast and was the best pure point guard in the event.
She is lightning quick and very fast with the basketball.
Ricshanda can really score but makes great decisions with the basketball and has a future of playing professional basketball.
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) had a tremendous game in the first half and is an outstanding guard that can do it all.
She scored 11 points and 5 assists and during the crunch time of the contest her coach probably should have played her more and France would have had a better chance to win.
She can play the PG or the shooting guard positions and has skill, speed and scoring ability.
Ketruah Spotwood (5'10''-G) scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds as she is a deadly shooter from deep.

Spain 77
Amanda Dunbar (5'9''-G, agency: Gamble Sports Management): 6pts, 3rbs
Rachel Baker: 5pts, 4rbs
Hannah Kador (5'9''-G): 16pts, 5rbs
Chasity Workman: 12pts, 4rbs
Tiana Beatty: 9pts, 4ast, 4rbs
Amber Blackwell: 5pts, 6ast
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.): 12pts, 2rbs, 7rbs
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC): 12 pts, 10rbs

France 74
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G): 11pts, 5ast, 2rbs
Brittany Wright: 24pts, 5rbs
Ketruah Spotwood: 11pts, 5rbs
Jennifer Simpson: 4pts
LaTisha Greer: 7pts, 5rbs
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89): 11pts, 5ast, 6rbs
Abrams: 6pts, 2rbs



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ESL 2011 Atlanta Event (Day 3) Championship Game - by Darryl Reshaw
The ESL Atlanta Women's Event Championship game was the fourth game of the event at the Suwanee Sports Academy.
France and Spain were the best two teams in the event and the game was a thrilling contest that featured some future professionals.

Spain defeated France 77-74 in a very close game that featured several lead changes.
On paper Spain had a team featuring two players that has professional experience and the more talented team.
However France led by the hot shooting Brittany Wright (6'0''-G/F, agency: Gamble Sports Management) and the outstanding guard play of Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) and Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) kept them in the game until the final possession.

Spain feature four players in double figures and had too many weapons for France to deal with and was just the better team.
Hannah Kador (5'9''-G) led Spain with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
She is a scorer with lots of talent and she is very aggressive offensively.
When she gets the ball in her hands she will get you points automatically.
Chasity Workman (5'9''-F) (12 pts, 4rbs) is an outstanding talent that has a smooth all around game and she is a good athlete.
Her Father is a former NBA player and she displayed her talent at the ESL event.
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) (12pts, 7rbs) is an outstanding talent that can do it all on the basketball court. She has a high basketball IQ and really can score the basketball with here dribble and slashing skills.
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC) was probably the most talented prospect at the ESL Atlanta event and played in Europe already added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
She is a skilled inside player with size, foot work and a deadly perimeter shot.
Tiana Beatty (5'8''-G-87) (9pts, 4ast, 4rbs) also was a dangerous player during the contest as she is super fast and athletic.
At times you could call her a one player fast break.
She will score in transition because she was one of the fastest athletes in the event and she finishes extremely well.
She scored some crucial baskets when France was had the momentum going their direction.
Amber Blackwell also played some tremendous defense on the talented guards from the France team and scored 5 points, 6 assists during the contest.
France was led by Brittany Wright outstanding scoring performance of 24 points.
She is a future professional player that has size, skills, basketball IQ and a deadly jump shot.
Brittany can post up and score as well has hit jumpers from all over the court consistently.
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89) scored 11pts, 6rbs, 5ast and was the best pure point guard in the event.
She is lightning quick and very fast with the basketball.
Ricshanda can really score but makes great decisions with the basketball and has a future of playing professional basketball.
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G) had a tremendous game in the first half and is an outstanding guard that can do it all.
She scored 11 points and 5 assists and during the crunch time of the contest her coach probably should have played her more and France would have had a better chance to win.
She can play the PG or the shooting guard positions and has skill, speed and scoring ability.
Ketruah Spotwood (5'10''-G) scored 11 points and had 5 rebounds as she is a deadly shooter from deep.

Spain 77
Amanda Dunbar (5'9''-G, agency: Gamble Sports Management): 6pts, 3rbs
Rachel Baker: 5pts, 4rbs
Hannah Kador (5'9''-G): 16pts, 5rbs
Chasity Workman: 12pts, 4rbs
Tiana Beatty: 9pts, 4ast, 4rbs
Amber Blackwell: 5pts, 6ast
Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.): 12pts, 2rbs, 7rbs
Nadia Parker (6'3''-C-87, college: USC): 12 pts, 10rbs

France 74
Kanetra Gonzalez (5'5''-G): 11pts, 5ast, 2rbs
Brittany Wright: 24pts, 5rbs
Ketruah Spotwood: 11pts, 5rbs
Jennifer Simpson: 4pts
LaTisha Greer: 7pts, 5rbs
Ricshanda Bickham (5'6''-G-89): 11pts, 5ast, 6rbs
Abrams: 6pts, 2rbs



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Keflavik land Helga Hallgrimsdottir - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik bolstered their frontcourt for the next season. They added Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-C-87) to the roster. The 24-year-old centre played for Grindavik since 2005. Last season she averaged 12.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Eurobasket.com named Helga Hallgrimsdottir into Icelandic League All-Domestic Player Team.


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NEW COACH AND FIVE PLAYERS FOR B.C HABYKKAA - by Gil Goshen


The new team in div 1 B.C Habykkaa signed new coach and five players:
The coach will be Rafi Bogatin ( former ast. coach in Ramat Hasharon )

Rafi Bogatin

2004-2005: Elizur Belisima Holon (D1) women team
2005-2006: Elizur Belisima Holon (D1) women team, during the season was hired by Spartak Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague)
2006-10- Ramat Hasharon assistant coach.

NYESHIA STEVENSON

2010: drafted by Phoenix Mercury (WNBA, 3rd (36))
2010: Phoenix Mercury (WNBA, starting five), only pre-season
2010-2011: Basket Parma (Italy-A1): 13 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 66.7%.

AMANDA THOMPSON

2010: drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA, 2rd (19): 7 games: 1.6ppg, 1.6rpg)
2010: Tulsa Shock (WNBA), left in June
2010-2011: Flying Foxes Post SV Wien (Austria-AWBL).

INBAL MIZRACHI

2009-2010: ASA Jerusalem (D1, starting five): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 83.3%
2010-2011: Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1, starting five): 20 games: 9.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT-2 (88.9%)

DANA YAHALOMI

2009-2010: Maccabi Ramat Hen (D1): 25 games: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg
2010-2011: Maccabi Ashdod (D1): 19 games: 2.8ppg, 1.6rpg

LIRAN BUCHRIS

2009-2010: Maccabi Ashdod (D1): 26 games: 1.8ppg, 1.2apg
2010-2011: Maccabi Ashdod (D1): 26 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg



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  POLAND - Women  


INEA AZS Poznan tab Aleksandra Drzewinska - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandra Drzewinska (179-F-83) will continue her career in INEA AZS Poznan. The 27-year-old forward comes from Super-Pol Leszno. Last season she tallied 3.0 points per PLKK game. Aleksandra Drzewinska used to play in Poznan back in 2004/05 season. The forward was the member of Polish National Team in 2004-2009 seasons.


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Catalin Tanase is the new head coach of Syrian Women Naitonal Team .. - by Ahmad Madwar
one of the best caoches in Romania specially for women basketball sign with Syrian Basketball Federation to be the head caoch of Syrian Women National Team
Catalin Tanase who we are talking about .. coach Catalin conducted an interview with totalbaschet.ro site to talk about his expirience in Syria .. and this is the text of interview :
The new coach of the women's senior national team of Syria, Catalin Tanase Romanian technician, said Wednesday the totalbaschet.ro that the offer received from the Arabs was a attractive and accepted the contract because it was a challenge of a very good training plan.

Catalin Tanase held several training
in Syria and was highly appreciated by officials
the professional federation of this country

Asked how he was contacted by the Federation of Syrian, Catalin Tanase totalbaschet.ro response: 'The offer came through an agent in that area, have been proposed for this post, I agreed contract and then I went to see the conditions they offer those in Syria. '

On what he saw in Syria, Romanian technician said: 'They very best training conditions. The people there wanted to take me to Syrian national senior representative who will participate in the December Cup Arab countries. Federation Syrian has a very interesting project in this period was opened two fields at the junior national under 16 and under 20 years old, both male and female both. I will coordinate the groups that are preparing to Damascus and Aleppo. '

Romanian technician will prepare and youth group

Catalin Tanase involves the two groups until September, after which the squad will take the female under 22 years of Syrian band which will select some players for the first representative. 'It's actually a lot of youth that will enable us to get another four or five great basketball team,' said the former coach of the MCM Targoviste.

'The Federation wants to revitalize their basketball and that is why they turned to foreign coaches. Court officials in Syria will improve not only quality athletes but the technicians through several training courses organized in certain periods,' concluded Catalin Tanase .

Former coach of MCM Targoviste added to totalbaschet.ro that 'the main problem is that currently in Syria, there is no competition.' 'Children are prepared only in fields and is difficult to motivate in conditions that do not carry matches,' added Catalin Tanase .

Regarding the conditions of training in Syria, Catalin Tanase said: 'They have everything you need to do performance. Gyms and rehabilitation, pool, sauna, all necessary annexes. I will live in a four star hotel is just five minutes from the hall, a building with a capacity of about five thousand places. '

Juctoarele not met, but he watched the DVDs

Catalin Tanase period that will happen in Syria is not determined. 'My contract is only until December 2011, when Arab countries Cup will take place. Understanding between me and the federation is after this period because women want to continue coordinating lots of Syria and after this period,' said the technician.

Although not seen juctoarele Catalin Tanase studied several DVDs. 'I watched the Final Four championship in Syria. The teams participating in this competition are selected most sports national team. They play a style different from that practiced in Romania. It is one of Israel like similar squad, where there are many basketball-sized, 'concluded the technician in our country.

These days, Catalin Tanase is in Bilbao, Spain, where organized clinical coaches. This training is coordinated by FIBA Europe, the Iberian town known as the best technicians present on the old continent.


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WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza is a "Slam Dunk" for fans - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Georgia (July 24, 2011) ---- 'Someone out there wants to win a new Honda Accord or take the family on a vacation to Disney World', said WUSBA president Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We should exceed our goals by the final date of sales. 'The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today, announced the continuation of the 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza promotion. According to league officials the WUSBA will initiate its inaugural season with a special season ticket offering that will include all sixteen WUSBA basketball teams.

The leagues sixteen teams are split into four divisions within the Southeastern Conference. The divisions are the Piedmont, the Southern, the Appalachian and the Atlantic Divisions. The teams are assigned to following divisions:

The Southern Division consist of the Atlanta Platinum (Ga.), the Montgomery Spirit (Al), the Birmingham Starz (Al) and the Macon Storm (Ga.).

The Piedmont Division will house the Augusta Raging River (Ga.), the Charlotte Blue Wave (NC), the Winston Salem Cardinals and the Columbia Breeze (SC).

The Atlantic Division will field the Jacksonville Surf (Fla.), the Richmond Colonials (Va.), the Savannah Seahawks (Ga.), and the Charleston Cadets (SC).

The Appalachian Division is the West Virginia Capitals (WV), the Nashville Thunder (Tn.), the Chattanooga Royal (Tn.) and the Knoxville Reign (Tn.).

The league has set aside 2000 single season tickets in each team city. 'This collaborated effort includes the WUSBA, the W USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins. 'With this promotion, the league will offer a single season ticket for the low cost of $105.00. With economy the way it is at this point, we would like to offer the fans high intensity basketball and first class entertainment at a great price'. The promotion began on July15, 2011 and end at 12:00 noon, August 27, 2011. The season ticket includes free admittance to all home and home playoff games (priority seating), plus seven additional single game guest tickets, complimentary concession's, a free game day program, and a 8 'x 11' full color photograph including the fan and either the Basketball Team or the Dance Team. The league will donate 10 computer systems, including printers monitors and software, to each Boys and Girls Clubs of America in each WUSBA team city. 'With a one in two thousand chance to win a new car, no wonder people are flocking to this promotion.'

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. The prize give-away will take place at halftime of the first home game of each WUSBA team. All season ticket holders are eligible to participate in this drawing sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2011 Honda Accord LX 4 door
(One automobile will be given away in each WUSBA team city, 16 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
( Family of four, rt airfare on Air Tran Airlines, transfers to and from the airport , daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each WUSBA team city, 32 total league wide),

* 3rd Prize: The Seafarer Cruise Extravaganza
( Trip for two to Miami, Florida, rt airfare on Air Tran Airlines, a roundtrip one day excursion to cruise to Nassau, Bahamas aboard the Discovery Cruise Lines, overnight stay at the Holiday InterContinental Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancake, two given away in each WUSBA team city, 32 total league wide),

* 4th Prize: The Schwinn Bicycle Explosion
(six men, six women, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each WUSBA team city, 432 total league wide),

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each WUSBA team city, 400 totals league wide),

*6th Prize: The Great Kroger Gasoline Give-A-Away ($40.00 gift card, 25 given away in each WUSBA team city, 400 total league wide)

* 7th Prize: WUSBA Team Polo Shirts Give-Away
(25 shirts will be given away in each WUSBA team city, 400 total league wide).

All drawing's for this promotion will be held during the teams home game season opener. 'As far as we know, this appears to be the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports', said Jenkins, Fans can visit our website for more details about the raffle and the Women's United States Basketball Association'. 'We plan to begin our first season with a bang and all of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience', proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins.' 'We'll see you and your friends, court side in 2011'.

About the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) --- The WUSBA is a summertime professional women's basketball league. The league was founded in January 2010. The league is headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The WUSBA will show case players, coaches and dance team members for the WNBA, and the International basketball community. The leagues season begins on August 27, 2011 with the regular season ending on November 5, 2011. Each team will play a twenty six game schedule, which will include 13home games and 13 away games. The league will host a mid season All Star Game and a season ending Championship play-off series. Elite players can be catapulted to enjoy further basketball career opportunities in the WNBA, well as exposure to the many professional International leagues from around the world. The WUSBA will accept eligible collegiate players, dance team members, game day staff and mascots from the NCAA. League advises college students to seek advice from family, coach or friends before contacting the WUSBA. The league age limit for basketball players is 20 years old or older.

About the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., --- The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit company; the company was founded in January 2010. Approval for nonprofit status has been applied for and approval will be awarded. The WUSBA Youth Outreach gives aid to people in the community in need, regardless of race, gender, religion, age or any other positions of a persons life. Programs offered by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., can be seen by going to www.wusbayouthoutreach.org,

2011 WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:
Purchase of a season ticket to any 2011 WUSBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and North Carolina who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. Promotion ends August 27, 2011 at 12:00 noon. WUSBA employees, family member of WUSBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 2000 season tickets sold per WUSBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 2000 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 1000 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 1000 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 83 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 80 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 80 to 1. The WUSBA has set aside 2000 season tickets per USBA team city to be sold, a total 32,000 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If two season tickets are purchased by the same individual for the 2011 basketball season and before 12:00 noon August 27, 2011 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a WUSBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prize winners must make travel reservation through the WUSBA. Travel blackout periods may affect certain travel dates. Grand Prize winners have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law.



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  WBCBL - Women  


Miami Rain set for run in playoffs - by Willie McCray
By Fabian Lyon
flyon@MiamiHerald.com

A nomadic basketball career has led Jamie Skinner and Charmaine Clark to the Miami Rain (8-1), an emerging semi-professional team that enters the Womens Blue Chip Basketball League Suncoast Division Regional Tournament as the No. 1 seed Saturday.

Perhaps nothing Skinner and Clark will experience in what they hope will be a 3-0 run at Florida Memorial University and subsequent bid to the National Tournament in Atlanta can rival the colorful stories Skinner has related playing in Rwanda and Clark in Iceland.

Skinner, a former NAIA All-American at Langston University in Oklahoma, said she and other foreign-born players have enjoyed a rock star-like following as members of the Rwanda Women National team.

From being hounded for autographs to locals adopting her with a name change, Skinner said the atmosphere during the last three years has been festive.

You feel like a superstar over there, Skinner said. You feel like Lebron and Michael Jordan. I was shocked when they told me my name is Leticia Amahoro over there. Amahoro means peace. That was crazy. I had to get used to it.

The Lester Patterson-coached Rain and its explosive attack, led by six players averaging in double figures Skinner (10 ppg), Alysha Harvin (15.2 ppg), Lashonda Gaines (12.9 ppg), Clark (10.5 ppg), Kiesha Alexander (10.8 ppg) and Melissa Dalembert (10.2 ppg) along with one of the leagues top reserves Christina Rozier (8 ppg), face the Palm Beach Storm at 7 p.m.

Like Skinner, Clark, a native of Hinesville, Georgia who starred at the University of Miami, has had her own eye-opening experiences overseas.

Besides the language barrier and physical play in the Iceland league, Clark said a 43-point performance was made all the more memorable by two opposing fans dressed as medieval knights heckling her from the audience.

I just laughed at them, said Clark. It was all in fun. I really enjoyed the culture.




Fire wins Atlantic Regional Tourney - by Willie McCray
by Charleston Post Courier

The Charleston Lowcountry Fire beat the Virginia Lady Stallions, 67-63, in the championship game of the Atlantic Regional Tournament at Arthur Christopher Community Center Saturday.

Brittany Young scored 26 points to lead the Fire (10-1). Jen Schumacher added 15 and Jontell Johnson had 13 and nine rebounds also for the Fire.

The Fire beat USA Elite, 85-80, behind Young's 38 points to advance to the championship game earlier. Johnson had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Fire heads to the WBCBL National Tournament set Aug. 6-7 in Atlanta.


The Flint Monarchs win the WBCBL's North East Regional championship and advance to the nationals - by Willie McCray
By Eric Woodyard | Flint Journal

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. Prior to the Flint Monarchs opening North East Regional Tournament contest, the 2011 All-Region teams were released.

Nan Moore's name was not on that list and she felt as if she was snubbed.

The Monarchs guard wanted to plead her case as she put on a shooting clinic to everyone watching the games at The Cage Field House on Saturday evening.

Moore poured in 38 total points on 10 three-pointers in a pair of back-to-back contests as the Monarchs ended the season with a North East Regional championship.

They will now advance to the WBCBL national tourney in Atlanta, Ga. Moore's birthplace on August 6-7 as the No. 2 ranked team in the league.

Honestly I felt I deserved to be first or second team (All-Region) statistically but sometimes people go based off the people they know, said Moore, who has recorded 12 or more points in the last four games.

Sometimes its political, she added. All year Ive been a three-point shooter.

Flint (12-3) defeated the Detroit Black Hawks (9-5) in the title game 89-80.

The Monarchs dusted off the Columbus Hidden Gems 86-59 in the semifinals.

Moore posted 19 points in both battles. Against Columbus she also grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists, and gathered three steals.

Nan Moore had a helluva basketball tournament, Monarchs head coach Deonta McChester said. I'm just so happy for Nan and shes not happy with this right now because she wants to win a national championship.

Kaihla Szunko finished with 18 points and seven boards and Sharonda Hurd came off the bench to contribute 19 points versus the Black Hawks. Four Monarchs scored in double figures versus Detroit and Flint led by as many as 21 points.

The group finished 8-0 on their home floor this season and have won six consecutive matches.

The Flint Monarchs celebrate after winning the North East Regional Tournament.
This is what we wanted all year, said Szunko, a late addition to the franchise. I didn't really know what to expect coming in so I didn't know what my role would be but this is a good thing.

Moores teammates Jasmine McCall and Latisha Luckett snatched First-Team All-Region honors and Natasha Morris was added to the second team.

Morris was also named the regions co-MVP with Detroits Joei Clyburn while their first-year head coach Deonta McChester picked up the Coach of the Year award.

I was shocked, said McChester of his recognition. Its really an honor for your peers to think that you're doing a great job and that you have a committed team and I want to thank them but again I don't get that Coach of the Year award if I don't have a great team and right now I have a great team headed in the right direction.


Love of the game fuels the Lowcountry Fire - by Willie McCray
-BY TOMMY BRASWELL
THE POST AND COURIER


It's all about the money, right?

That the Charleston Lowcountry Fire competes in a semi-pro basketball league might imply that there is at least a small amount of money involved.

'Oh yeah, it's the big cash. I can't turn it down,' laughs Brittany Young, a 25-year-old from Moncks Corner who is the second-leading scorer in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.

There are no paychecks. This league is all about cashing in on one's passion for basketball.

By day, Young is a retail banker for Woodforest National Bank. Two or three nights a week she drives to Charleston to practice with the Lowcountry Fire. The team, unbeaten through seven games, plays on Saturdays and hopes to make it to the WBCBL national tournament.

'Every young woman you see out here is playing for the love of the game,' says Young, who averages 25.7 points per game. 'It has nothing to do with money. After I graduated (from Francis Marion) in 2008, I loved basketball so much I was just looking for a way to stay involved.'

Jontell Johnson, the team's 6-2 center from James Island who is averaging 15.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, tells pretty much the same story. The 29-year-old, who also graduated from Francis Marion, works at the Medical University of South Carolina as a mental health counselor.

'I have a special place in my heart for people with special needs,' says Johnson, who played briefly overseas before returning home.

Adrianne Smalls, a graduate of West Ashley High School and USC Upstate, teaches special education at Baptist Hill, cares for her 2-year-old son Dash and is working toward a doctorate degree in education. 'My passion is kids. I love teaching. I love coaching. Juggling going to school and raising a son, it's good exercise.'

The players range in age from 22 to 29, and most played college basketball. But there aren't many opportunities in basketball for women after college. The top level is the WNBA. A few players get a chance to play overseas. For most, semi-professional basketball is the best option available.

Every member of the Lowcountry Fire has a story to tell, says owner Terri Steed. Steed, 42, works for the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department. She played basketball at Wando High and Coastal Carolina. After college she played for the Lowcountry All-Stars, another semi-pro team that's no longer in existence.

The city of Charleston lets the team practice and play in the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center. The team nickname comes from a girls youth basketball team in Charleston called the Premier Fire. Players from the Lowcountry Fire serve as mentors for the youth squad.

Jeff Emory, a teacher and coach at Stall High School, is the coach. He makes the same money the owner and players make.

'When they told me (no pay was involved), it didn't matter. My goal was to use this as a learning tool,' says Emory, who would like to one day coach on the college level. 'It's worked out very well. I'm very pleased with what we've done in the year and a half I've been with them.'

Charleston is one of the smallest markets in the league, but they have something in common with teams in Atlanta, Boston and Miami. All are undefeated.

The Fire have two road games July 9 at the Newberry Lady Panthers and July 16 at Greensboro, N.C., against the USA Elite before returning to Charleston for the Atlantic Division Regional Tournament on July 23.

'This year has been amazing,' Young said. 'We're grateful and thankful that people like Terri, like coach Jeff, have decided to volunteer their time.

'I have to be honest. I love basketball as much today as I did when I was a 5- or 6-year-old kid starting out. I love it with all my heart.'


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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA All-Star Game: East gets the best of West in 118-113 win - by Eurobasket News
There were the record number of first-time WNBA All-Stars, and a halftime ceremony honoring the best players in WNBA history. Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) didn't fit into either category.

So she made her mark another way.

The four-time All-Star capped one of the closest WNBA midseason showcases by hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.7 seconds left, and the Eastern Conference hung on for its third All-Star game victory over the West, 118-113 on Saturday.

'We got together during practice and the first thing we said was that we wanted to win', said New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), who led the East with 17 points. 'Alongside of having fun, we wanted to be victorious today and we accomplished that. Good job.'

At halftime, Pondexter was also named one of the WNBAs Top 15 players of all-time, in celebration of this leagues 15th season.

Douglas finished with 15 points and helped the East win its third All-Star game in 10 tries - but also third in the last four. Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles scored 15, and headlined a record group of 10 players who made their All-Star debuts in this years game.

Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Connecticut) led the West with 21 points and 12 rebounds and was named MVP for the second time.

Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie is the other player with multiple All-Star MVP awards.

Cash, the Seattle Storms four-time All-Star, was also named MVP in 2009. She is also the leagues first All-Star MVP from the losing team.

I think so many players played well. It couldve been anyone, Cash said.

The four-time All-Star singled out Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown), who had 20 points and nine rebounds for the West. Brunson started in place of Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker, who is out due to a knee injury and has yet to play in an All-Star game despite ranking among the WNBAs elite players since her 2008 rookie year.

Parkers next chance may not come until 2013. Next summer is the Olympics, and the league may cancel the game - as it did in 2008 - while its biggest names play for the U.S. national team.

Were thrilled that its an Olympic year, and well obviously build our schedule to accommodate that, WNBA president Laurel Richie said before the game.

Neither side led by more than five points. The Wests last chance came down to San Antonios Becky Hammon scrambling to shoot a 3-pointer, but she instead found herself without an open shot and nowhere to pass. Her desperate bid to escape a trap ended with her whistled for traveling with 3.5 seconds left.

I think about midway through the fourth quarter both teams decided they wanted to win, Hammon said. We just came up a little bit short today.

It was a disappointing end in an otherwise humbling day for Hammon, who was among the 15 current and former WNBA players named as the leagues best ever. All-Stars Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi also made the list.

I was young when the WNBA started, at the end of my high school career, Bird said. I watched them on TV and watched them in the Olympics.

To be in the same group as those players is such an honor.

Tulsas Liz Cambage (6'8''-C-91), a late All-Star addition in place of Parker, scored 13 points for the West. Taurasi also had 13 points and Phoenixs Penny Taylor added 11.

New Yorks Essence Carson scored 13 points off the bench for the East and Connecticuts Renee Montgomery added 12. Catchings, playing in her seventh All-Star game, finished with 11 points.

Douglas 3 summed up how the East won the game. The East shot 47 percent from behind the arc while hitting 16 3s, more than twice as many as the West. Douglas, Carson and Montgomery each hit three 3s.

It was the Easts first victory since 2007, when it won 103-99.

Courtesy of www.sctimes.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Canada3-0
2. Italy2-1
3. China1-2
4. Egypt0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. Japan2-1
3. Russia1-2
4. Argentina0-3
Group C
1. Australia3-0
2. France2-1
3. Chile1-2
4. Nigeria0-3
Group D
1. Brazil3-0
2. Spain2-1
3. Taiwan1-2
4. Slovenia0-3


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tjasa GORTNAR
  (187-C-92)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Gortnar, SLO20.3 
 2. Fields, CAN20.0 
 3. Dantas, BRA18.3 
 4. Motokawa, JPN18.0 
 5. Casas, ESP18.0 
 6. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 7. Cole, AUS18.0 
 8. Lin, TAI17.0 
 9. Amer, EGY16.0 
 10. Ayayi, FRA14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Dantas, BRA10.3 
 2. Allen, AUS10.0 
 3. Gortnar, SLO9.7 
 4. Cabrera, ARG9.3 
 5. Roberts, AUS9.0 
 6. Ndour, ESP8.7 
 7. Stewart, USA7.7 
 8. Goncalves, BRA7.7 
 9. Gil, ESP7.7 
 10. Tikhonenko, RUS7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca COLE
  (177-PG-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cole, AUS9.0 
 2. Machida, JPN4.3 
 3. Gretter, ARG4.3 
 4. Bouzenna, FRA3.5 
 5. Takada, JPN3.0 
 6. Baric, SLO3.0 
 7. Hartley, USA3.0 
 8. Williams, CAN2.7 
 9. Martins, BRA2.7 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bria HARTLEY
  (178-G-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hartley, USA4.0 
 2. Carangelo, ITA3.7 
 3. Massoud, EGY3.3 
 4. Casas, ESP3.0 
 5. Fields, CAN2.7 
 6. Degorces, FRA2.5 
 7. Plouffe, CAN2.3 
 8. Martins, BRA2.3 
 9. Kubynina, RUS2.3 
 10. Osama, EGY2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  (193-C-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ndour, ESP2.3 
 2. Elshaarawy, EGY1.7 
 3. Stewart, USA1.7 
 4. Konteh, FRA1.0 
 5. Roche, FRA1.0 
 6. Yu, CHN1.0 
 7. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.0 
 8. Gortnar, SLO1.0 
 9. Videla, CHI1.0 
 10. Tippett, AUS1.0